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The US geospatial imagery company Simularity on Wednesday said it regretted using the wrong picture to raise the alarm on the alleged dumping of raw sewage by hundreds of Chinese vessels that could cause long-term damage to marine life in waters inside the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. In an online forum with journalists in Manila on Thursday, Liz Derr, Simularity’s CEO and cofounder, presented a sad-face poop emoji to replace the picture of the unknown ship at an undisclosed location, but stressed that the wrong image did not invalidate her report three days earlier.

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