All About Smartphones: Samsung Fined $360,000 For Paying Students To Attack HTC Smartphones

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Samsung Fined $360,000 For Paying Students To Attack HTC Smartphones

Samsung team in Taiwan was fined a total sum of $340,000 by the FTC for bribing students in Taiwan to speak negatively against HTC phones in forums and group discussions.


According to FTC, Samsung Taiwan was charged with engaging in unfair trade rules by campaigning against a competing company, HTC in online forums and review sites.

Samsung's Taiwanese team admitted to the charge and that they started the bribing of students April 2013 so that they can give bad comments about HTC products and to praise Samsung phones.
Two other smaller companies were also charged in the case and they were asked to pay $100,000 each for their involvement in the scam.

We know that there is serious competition in the smartphone industry but this action by Samsung Taiwan is actually taking things too far.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has been in trouble with the FTC. Earlier this year, the company was fined for misleading advertising for its claims about camera features on a Galaxy smartphone in Taiwan. One of its marketing partners has also admitted to bribing developers to promote Samsung devices on popular forums.


HTC has long been struggling to compete against Samsung’s flagship devices, and even though its more recent handsets have received an abundance of praise for build quality and features, they’re still selling nowhere near as well as the Galaxy S4.

Well, this won't be the last of fines for Samsung if they keep up with such onerous activities. 

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isn’t the first time Samsung has been in trouble with the FTC. Earlier this year, the company was fined for misleading advertising for its claims about camera features on a Galaxy smartphone in Taiwan. One of its marketing partners has also admitted to bribing developers to promote Samsung devices on popular forums.
HTC has long been struggling to compete against Samsung’s flagship devices, and even though its more recent handsets have received an abundance of praise for build quality and features, they’re still selling nowhere near as well as the Galaxy S4.

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