Samsung Embroiled in Fair-Trade Investigation in Taiwan over Fake Web Reviews
April 19, 2013 9:17 AM
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Samsung allegedly hired students to criticize HTC devices
Samsung has found itself in hot water in Taiwan with fair trade officials after allegations surfaced that the company hired students to post false, critical reviews of HTC products online.
Samsung, for its part, has stated that the "unfortunate incident" goes against the "fundamental principles" of the company.
If Samsung is found guilty of false advertising, it and its local advertising agency could face fines of up to 25 million Taiwanese dollars. A Fair Trade Commission spokesperson said that the investigation began after a series of complaints were received against Samsung.
More fuel was added to the fire when a Taiwanese website posted documents that allegedly show Samsung had been recruiting students to anonymously offer praise for Samsung devices on the internet and simultaneously criticize HTC offerings.
Samsung's legal troubles with false advertising aren’t the only false advertising allegations the company is fighting. LG sued Samsung in South Korea over claims of false advertising. In that case, Samsung
LG for $45 million.
Samsung was also fined in Taiwan earlier this year over misleading advertisements having to do with specifications for the camera on the Galaxy Y Duo.
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RE: Shaking my head...
4/21/2013 8:45:42 AM
"Nope. I have a high opinion of most people, they get on with their lives and make the world go round. I find the condescending, smug conceit of folks on forums like this who casually dismiss hundreds of millions of people as being stupid to be repulsive and juvenile."
Awe come on, it was just a funny quote from George Carlin, a great comedian. I dont actually think most people are stupid, but most certainly are under-informed when it comes to tech. Normal people like that would NEVER visit this website, anyone here at a site like this isnt normal.
"I didn't bring Apple into this discussion of Samsung's dirty tricks, others did, I am merely responding."
Yes, Tony, we ALL know why you are here. There is no point acting like it isn't what it is. Years worth of your posts let us all know exactly why you are here.
"You obviously care about my comments because you always respond to them"
Balance. As long as you post toward your company driven agenda, posting against, and exposing your agenda driven posts will be something you need to deal with.
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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