Samsung fined $340,000 for fake reviews in Taiwan
An inquiry into fake reviews posted in Taiwan against HTC devices on behalf of Samsung has concluded after a few months. And things aren’t good for Samsung.
Back in April, it emerged that the Korean company may have paid students in Taiwan to post negative comments about HTC products online. Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has been investigating ever since, and it has in fact found the allegations to be true.
As a result, Samsung is now forced to pay a NT$10 million fine (approximately $340,000). The company has said it regrets the decision as well as the incident. It vows to investigate and “take the necessary steps to maintain the credibility of the company”.
It looks like Samsung itself may not have been directly involved, though, as a couple of subsidiaries or dealers carried out the unlawful acts. Those have been fined too, but with much lower amounts.
Competition in the mobile space is now heated more than ever, so some are apparently trying to use every ‘shortcut’ possible in the fight against competitors. And Taiwan may just be one of the last places in which HTC has a good standing compared to Samsung.
Via China Times