It was early April when Samsung caught in controversy for defaming HTC smartphone by hiring paid blogger and student to write negative reviews about HTC products and recommending Samsung Smartphones in Taiwan, and now almost 6-months after the investigation, the Taiwan authorities have found Samsung guilty and has imposed a hefty fine of Tw$10 million ($341,300) on the company for attacking HTC products.
According to Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, Samsung, through one of its Taiwan units called Opentide, had hired people to write online articles attacking HTC and recommending Samsung cellphones. The commission found HTC’s allegation true that the Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC smartphones.
This isn’t the first fine from FTC on Samsung Taiwan. Earlier, this year FTC had fined an amount of NT$300,000 on Samsung for misleading advertisement about the camera functions on its Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102.