• Samsung admits to hiring students to post fake HTC reviews

    By Chris Ward , April 18, 2013 - Leave a comment

    Earlier this week allegations surfaced of Samsung hiring students to post negative reviews of HTC products; and in Taiwan of all places. Samsung has since admitted to the ‘unfortunate’ incidents and released a statement (below) to the media.

    It was a website called TaiwanSamsungLeaks that set the ball rolling by publishing the documents of a marketing firm that Samsung uses, which contained forum posts with faked complaints against HTC handsets. These included the HTC Sensation XL, which was painted in a bad light next to the Galaxy Note, and the HTC One X.

    It’s a sad state of affairs to see Samsung taking this approach, although it has now ended its policy of allowing employees to post anonymously. Its massive fortunes already give it a strong advantage over HTC without it posting false reviews. That being said, just because Samsung has been caught this time, it doesn’t mean to say it’s the only manufacturer that’s done it.

    HTC is yet to announce what action it will take against Samsung, but the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission could itself fine the South Korean Manufacturer £547,000. Still, that’s a drop in the water next to Samsung’s mammoth profits.

    The whole incident underlines the fact that any review or advice read online is subjective, biased or perhaps in some cases false, so should be taken with a pinch of salt.

    Official Samsung statement to the media (via The Register)

    Samsung Electronics remains committed to engaging in transparent and honest communications with consumers as outlined in the company’s Online Communications Credo. We have encouraged all Samsung Electronics employees worldwide to remain faithful to our Credo.

    The recent incident was unfortunate, and occurred due to insufficient understanding of these fundamental principles.

    Samsung Electronics Taiwan (SET) has ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments, and will ensure that all SET online marketing activities will be fully compliant with the company’s Online Communications Credo.

    We regret any inconvenience this incident may have caused. We will continue to reinforce education and training for our employees to prevent any future recurrence.

    Chris Ward

    Better known as 'Wardy', digital media is where his interest lies. Responsible for many elements of the Clove website and external advertising activities, Wardy is our interactive media graduate. Always chilled out, there is never a time when you see 'Wardy' stressed. A keen music follower, he knows his DJ's and how to mix a few tracks together. Always eating, he remains stick thin and is the envy of the rest of us! A very deep character, there are some suprising twists to what Wardy knows and you'll never meet a nicer bloke if you tried!


  • Morally reprehensible, but probably ineffectual in any meaningful way; I’m as nerdy as you can get and I wouldn’t base a purchase choice on some forum comments! Let’s hope Samsung settle out of court with HTC rather than support a couple of firms of lawyers for a few months, HTC can ill afford that.

  • It would be a shame for it to go as far as that. By the sound of it it was just one rogue department rather than a widespread problem.

  • Samsung’s official response is the biggest piece of you know what that I have ever seen. I have proof of total quality control failures, both at there production and service centers. I intend on standing up for my rights. Two 32 LED TV’s failed in less than five months. Receive the first unit back from there certified service center, with panel screws missing and not properly assembled.

    Samsung does not care as long as they get your money, after that all I can say is go ahead and buy there junk if you feel lucky today.

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