An automatic soap dispenser has sparked a heated debate on Twitter after it was filmed dispensing soap to a light-skinned man but not to one with a darker skin tone. The video, posted by a Twitter user on August 16, has collected over 2 lakh ‘likes’ and more than 1.4 lakh retweets so far.
The video, posted by Chukwuemeka Afigbo and about 45 seconds long, first shows a man with a light skin tone putting his hand forward and the dispenser spurting soap into his hand. Then, a man with a darker skin tone is seen putting his hand forward. Only, this time, the dispenser doesn’t spurt soap out. The man then goes on to pull out a white paper towel and places it on his hand. This time, the dispenser spurts the soap onto the paper towel.
“If you have ever had a problem grasping the importance of diversity in tech and its impact on society, watch this video,” Mr Afigbo says in the tweet accompanying his video.