The Associated Press reports (via Businessweek) that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for “defaming the reputation” of (already-struggling) Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC. Focus Taiwan reports that Samsung basically engaged in astroturfing, as the campaign consisted of Internet posts apparently from satisfied customers praising Samsung and putting down HTC.
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It isn’t the first time this year that Samsung has been fined in Taiwan. Earlier this year, the Korean company got slapped with a penalty for advertising that misled consumers about the camera functions on its Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 device. In August, Samsung got entangled in allegations that it offered developers cash to secretly promote it as well.
➤ Taiwan Body Fines Samsung for Defaming Local Rival [AP via Bloomberg Businessweek]
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