Samsung fined  million for misleading consumers about water resistance of Galaxy smartphones

Samsung fined $14 million for misleading consumers about water resistance of Galaxy smartphones

Samsung Australia has been fined $14 million for misleading customers into thinking their phones could safely be submerged in pool or sea water.

The company made misleading claims about Galaxy phones in an ad campaign that ran from March 2016 to October 2018.

Among the ads, one said: “There’s an underwater selfie in your future,” along with the caveat the phones were water-resistant to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

Another ad said: “A phone can’t swim the 100 meters,” followed by the hashtag “#Dowhatyoucant”. It was accompanied by footage of a phone getting splashed with water.

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