Samsung Criticised Over President Obama Selfie Retweet
Published on: 4th Apr 2014
Samsung has been criticized by the US White House after it appeared to be seeking commercial gain from a photo of the US President taken with a Samsung smartphone.
A sportsman, Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz took a "selfie" of himself with the US President, and tweeted it on his personal account. This was then picked up by Samsung, and retweeted with an additional comment.
However, there are strict rules in the USA about using images of the President for commercial reasons, and White House spokesman Jay Carney has confirmed that lawyers are being consulted about the issue.
"Without getting into counsel's discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president's likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case," he said.
Samsung has not commented.
The sportsman, David Ortiz is sponsored by Samsung, but has denied that he was asked by the company to seek the high-profile photo. He told the Boston Globe that it was an impulsive moment and he just happened to be using the phone provided by Samsung.
He had over 40,000 retweets of his photo, and Samsung garnered a more modest 490 retweets of its edited version.