On Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked the FBI to look into whether a 3D-printed glasses company was illegally promoting 3D images of his face in advertisements.
Trump said he was looking into whether the glasses maker should face criminal charges and said he “strongly believes” the glasses company’s business model is “not conducive to the public good.”
The company was founded in 2009 by a man named Mark Vadon, who is listed as a “partner” on the company’s website.
Trump had tweeted that the company was a “huge success” and said Vadons glasses “will be the future of 3D,” adding that they would be available in “many, many stores” in the United States and around the world.
“The glasses will be the new standard for the 3D world.
It will bring back our jobs and we will finally be able to get back to the days when you could walk into your local movie theater and see a film and not think twice about buying a ticket,” Trump said in a tweet.
Trump’s request was made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who have both said that they are concerned about 3D video marketing and whether it could lead to illegal sales of the technology.
“Our investigation will continue as we look into all of the evidence and evidence that is relevant to this matter,” Wray said last week.
Trump also sent the request to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.
The request came in response to a complaint filed last month by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which claims that 3D devices like Vados glasses have been “sold on the dark web, at online black markets and other illegal markets.”
In a statement, the company said that its glasses are designed to meet the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Product Standards, and the company has been conducting compliance reviews to ensure that the products comply with those standards.
“We are confident that the glasses we make are the most secure and safe way to view 3D footage on the web,” the statement said.
Vadon told CNN that the FTC has “nothing to do with” the complaint and that he is confident the agency will not pursue charges against him.
“It’s just a waste of time and money,” he said.
“They’re trying to get in my face.
I don’t care who they’re looking at.
They don’t know what I’m up to.
They think I’m a criminal.””
It is not true that I have anything to do or have done with this, but the FTC is the lead agency,” Vadont said.
The complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission, which has jurisdiction over electioneering communications.