Wednesday, July 21, 2010

BP (NYSE:BP) Admits To Altering Web Graphics of Oil Spill

While BP (NYSE:BP) is trying to maintain and rebuild their image, they've admitted to altering web graphics of the oil spill on their website. On an image posted on the official BP site, it shows a crisis command center in Houston with workers watching videos.

In the unaltered photo released by BP, it shows three of their screens blank. In the altered photo it shows all three as active with images from the oil spill they are monitoring. The photo is dated 2001, not July 16, 2010 as claimed on BP's website. Scott Dean, BP spokesman assured that the photo was just a photographer playing around and there is no sinister purpose.

In an email Dean stated, "Normally we only use Photoshop for the typical purposes of color correction and cropping. In this case they copied and pasted three ROV screen images in the original photo over three screens that were not running video feeds at the time."

He added, "We've instructed our post production team to refrain from doing this in the future. We will replace the Photoshopped version currently on with the original image tonight."

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