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Samsung Fined Over Negative HTC Reviews

Samsung Fined Over Negative HTC Reviews

Samsung is many things – they are an innovative chip maker, excellent device maker, massive company with their hands in nearly everything. Samsung is one of the “chaebol” – family-run conglomerates that dominate South Korean society. They are also a company that has a proven willing to do nearly anything to succeed – and today we learn their latest shameful tactic.

Samsung has just been fined $340,000. Why? Because they admitted to paying off students to write false positive reviews for Samsung and false negative reviews about HTC products. There are more details noted here from when the charges first appeared, but apparently Samsung was concerned that the Galaxy S4 didn’t measure up to the HTC One and would erode Samsung’s share of the smartphone market.

As noted at The Verge,

Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC.
The FTC set Samsung’s fine at New Taiwan dollars 10 million ($340,000). It also leveled smaller fines on two Taiwanese trading companies it said were responsible for mounting the Internet campaign.

Earlier this year the FTC fined Samsung NT$300,000 for misleading advertising about the camera functions on its Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 phone.

Of course, as we all know, Samsung has done just fine with the Galaxy S4, while HTC is reportedly in extremely bad financial condition. How much of that is HTC’s own incompetence, and how much impact has this and other actions from Samsung had on HTC plummeting? We will likely never know.

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!