Samsung is under investigation by the Taiwanese authorities for allegedly hiring people, mostly students, in order to “post malicious comments” online about their main Android competitor, HTC. The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission said, through spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun, that “the case was set up last week after we received complaints”.
Apparently, documents surfaced showing Samsung’s involvement in recruiting students in order to criticize HTC, while praising Samsung at the same time, anonymously, on the internet. If Samsung is found guilty the company could be fined Tw$25 million (about $835,000).
Samsung Taiwan has not been informed, as per the subsidiary’s claims, about the investigation, but on its Facebook page it was published that it regretted “any inconvenience and confusion from the Internet event”. Furthermore, “Samsung Taiwan has halted all Internet marketing such as posting articles on websites”.