Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Samsung admits to astroturf attacks on HTC in Taiwan

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed April 17, 2013

Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission investigating, HTC likely to respond

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission is reportedly investigating astroturfing attacks launched by Samsung denigrating HTC devices through the use of paid posters who did not disclose their connection to Samsung. The investigation was launched after a website accused the manufacturing giant of "evil marketing" when it was discovered to have used anonymous Internet users to criticize the devices by the rival company.

Posts discovered by the website included a user complaining that an acquaintance's HTC One X was constantly crashing, false benchmark reporting, and general praise for Samsung. Samsung claimed to have not received the formal announcement of the investigation by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, but did admit that the Taiwan division had been involved in an "unfortunate incident."

"Samsung Electronics Taiwan (SET) has ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments," Samsung said on Tuesday in a statement. The statement continues to claim that it generally has "transparent and honest communications with consumers," and is working to stop the incident from recurring.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Seagate Wireless

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill the ...

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's l ...

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often t ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News