Samsung Fined For HTC Campaign Sabotage

Samsung maybe the envy of a lot of tech companies nowadays, but there may be people who will argue that Samsung’s success wasn’t achieved through ethical means, especially when you take into consideration the different scandals that the company has been involved with in the past. A few months back, the Korean manufacturer raised a lot of eyebrows when it was caught apparently rigging …

 

Samsung maybe the envy of a lot of tech companies nowadays, but there may be people who will argue that Samsung’s success wasn’t achieved through ethical means, especially when you take into consideration the different scandals that the company has been involved with in the past.

A few months back, the Korean manufacturer raised a lot of eyebrows when it was caught apparently rigging its smartphones to score higher in benchmark apps. And recently, Samsung was fined in Taiwan for intentionally sabotaging HTC’s campaign in the said country.

The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission started an investigation about Samsung’s smear campaign on rival tech company HTC and found that the company has commissioned two PR agencies in Taiwan to mislead consumers by posing as satisfied consumers of Samsung at the expense of HTC on online forums.

Taiwan’s FTC has fined the Taiwanese arm of Samsung around $340,000, while the two agencies – OpenTide Taiwan Co. and Sales and Profit International Co. were fined around $102,000 and $1,700 respectively. It’s also good to note that Samsung was also fined earlier this year by the FTC for $10,000 for a misleading advertisement about the camera of its Galaxy Y Duos smartphone.

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