Samsung probed over 'fake reviews'

2013-04-17 16:39

(Josep Lago, AFP)

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Cape Town – Samsung is alleged to have hired students to post negative comments about phones made by Taiwan's HTC.

The BBC reported that Samsung, based in South Korea, said the "unfortunate incident" had gone against the company's "fundamental principles".

If found guilty of engaging in "false advertising", Samsung and its local agent could face fines of up to £547 000.

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission had begun an investigation after receiving a series of complaints, a spokesperson told AFP.

A local website published documents appearing to show Samsung had been recruiting students to criticise HTC and praise Samsung anonymously on the web, reported PC Advisor.

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