Fact check: Image of Coca-Cola can urging customers to 'Try to be less white' is altered
The claim: Coke wrote 'Try to be less white' on its soda cans
A widely shared image of a Coca-Cola can with the words “Try to be less white” printed on its side is drawing online criticism. Several posts encouraged followers to boycott Coca-Cola products.
This claim is the most recent accusation of anti-white bias on the part of the company. But this is not a real Coke can.
USA TODAY reached out to several Facebook users that posted the image for comment.
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Ann Moore, communications director for the Coca-Cola Co., confirmed in an email to USA TODAY that the can was not real.
“The mock Coca-Cola can appearing in some social media feeds was not created, distributed or authorized by The Coca-Cola Company,” she wrote.
Expert says the image is altered
A reverse image search for the picture in the posts does not yield any relevant results, but expert analysis suggests it was doctored.
Mark Scanlon, director of the Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation at University …
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