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Distorted photo of Michelle Obama removed from site

November 25, 2009 |  8:51 am

An altered photograph of Michelle Obama, which created an international controversy because it popped up as the first result on Google image searches, has been removed by the blog site that had posted it.

The blog, called "Hot Girls," this morning ran an apology in Chinese and in broken English.

The English version reads: "I am very sorry for this article, and that this is the program automatically issued a document from the article. Do not the subject of race and politics make the discussion too radical and sincere hope that the world is very peaceful."

The distorted photo had shown the first lady with monkey-like features. Google had declined to remove the site from its search indexing process, citing free-speech concerns.

-- David Colker

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