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Viral Video shows Soap Dispenser only responding to White Skin



A video was posted on Twitter yesterday which has since gone viral and sparked a conversation.

In the video, when a white man places his hand under the nozzle of the dispenser soap gets automatically squirted into his hand. But when a black man does the same thing, no soap.

The black man then uses white toilet paper and he gets some soap.

The video was tweeted out by Chukwuemeka Afigbo with the caption: “If you have ever had a problem grasping the importance of diversity in tech and its impact on society, watch this video.”

Watch it below.


  1. ec

    August 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

    this is actually hilarious.
    What I take from this is that we too should become more involved in tech. not to say that our machine should only recognize our skin color.

  2. mimi

    August 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Im sure the ppl who invented it (obviously white) used their skin as a test for the product. Is it even possible to manipulate tech in such a way that it only responds to skin colour? And if so, white paper and white skin tone arent even in same the category. Black ppl why dont you invent and use ur skin tone as a tester.


    August 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    This is racism redefined!…….……..>>>..…..Moving your home or office? Let us help you pack!

  4. Elijah Oyibu

    August 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Pls how can i guest on Bella Naija? Id love to be a part of this initiative. I believe you will like my writing style.

  5. Momo

    August 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Gullible lot ..smh

  6. keke driver

    August 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    For real tho?….omfg

  7. Smh

    August 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    The problem here is to do with the sensor used. The sensor detect light possibly, from my observation it only dispense soap when it senses light and not shadow. If it is a proximity sensor it will detect movement or closeness of object. The sensor only detect light hence it couldn’t recognise the darker person’s hand. If the person had open his palm wide,
    i) lowered it under the dispenser rather than move close to it because it only creates a shade
    ii) or stop constantly move his palm up and down and let the light in the room hit his palm, the dispenser will detect the presence of his palm.

    This is a simple glitch. It isn’t a racial issue. I can build this and this end up not dispensing to the same man and I am black. It would never have crossed my mind to test with a black person cos the sensor is for light. So I would only test against light. They need to change that sensor to movement and proximity. That’s all. It isn’t rocket science.

  8. Smh

    August 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    If you get a black person with lighter palm to use it, it will dispenser the soap. So someone like me will test it and it will work. Then I will put it out for use only for someone to turn it into a racism issue. Or would we now start calling it team light skin vs dark skin matter again. We don’t even know if people/person who built it have a black person on their team/is black. And yes, they are a lot of black people in tech. I don’t know about Nigeria. But they are abroad. Loads. This dispenser stuff is a first year to second year project ish in engineering and computer science. It isn’t rocket science.

  9. Fis

    August 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Black Man oya build your own things too na…. innovate something apart from corruption.

    Besides how will thebdispenser reach to biracial hands? Lol

  10. Jemimah

    August 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    See all the ignoramus fellows on this post. Your gullibility is unsettling! You actually believe this BS?? How in the world is tissue paper similar to skin? BN, slow news day?

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  12. Tracy Edward

    August 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    This is the reason why we should build our Nation, and stop speaking hate word to each other. God bless Nigeria in Jesus Namen Amen.

  13. Randommer

    August 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    the person that posted it said its about diversity in tech not racism. as a female engineer, there are things i know to check for when designing stuff because i am a woman. men often miss this things. that is what we mean by diversity.

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