Samsung caught paying for negative reviews on HTC

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in General Discussion edited January 2014


Samsung Taiwan had originally claimed that it was unaware of the FTC’s actions, but later wrote on its Facebook page that it regretted “any inconvenience and confusion from the Internet event,” adding that “Samsung Taiwan has halted all Internet marketing such as posting articles on websites.”



So...  *oopsies, we're sorry we got caught*???!  Still, only a fine of up to $835,000 - that's less than a million!  Impressive that the largest Android vendor feels the need to lie.  Wonder if they also did this to Apple.



http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/samsung-taiwan-htc-smartphones-reviews-113328

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    Originally Posted by 65C816 View Post


     


    a fine of up to $835,000…





    They may as well have thrown the company a party with all the cake and hookers they desired. That's basically what this "punishment" amounts to.

  • Reply 2 of 3
    mikeb85mikeb85 Posts: 506member


    Another reason I try to avoid Samsung products.  I'd rather buy Intel, Lenovo, HTC, Panasonic, Electrolux, etc...

  • Reply 3 of 3
    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member


    As the article points out, the investigation was because ...


     


    "... Samsung’s local advertising agency had hired the students to criticise HTC" ,,,


     


    The question is, did the ad agency do this all on their own, or did someone at Samsung Taiwan suggest it.  If so, who?   A junior or a senior exec?

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