No 10 ridiculed after adding poppy to David Cameron Facebook picture


Downing Street has been ridiculed for digitally adding a remembrance poppy to a photograph of David Cameron that it was using on its Facebook page.

Twitter user Dylan Morris first spotted the change on Monday afternoon, tweeting:

An hour later, Downing Street deleted the picture and replaced it with one of the prime minister actually wearing a poppy, but not before the original photo had been spotted by other people on social media.

The incident was quickly dubbed Poppygate, and the internet reacted in its usual way.

The original photograph of David Cameron was uploaded to Facebook in July and has been used widely in Downing Street publicity materials. A No 10 spokesperson blamed the incident on an “oversight” and said the digitally enhanced picture had now been deleted.

Powered by article was written by Frances Perraudin, for The Guardian on Monday 2nd November 2015 18.51 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010