Developer offered bribe for fake comments on the Smart App Challenge, Samsung denies involvement

Developer offered bribe for fake comments on the Smart App Challenge, Samsung denies involvement
An app developer, Delyan Kratunov, has apparently been offered half a grand to put in some good "organic" comments on the Samsung Smart App Challenge at Stack Overflow, a coding community.

The request has been sent by a Samsung ad agency subcontractor, which asked the developer to log in a few “organic and casual” comments there, like “Anyone know anything about SSAC?” and “Need some feedback on the app I am about to enter for the Samsung Smart App Challenge.”

After the developer went public with the offer, it was quickly retracted upon with a follow-up email:


Later on James Yoo commented that Fllu, where he is Operations Manager, is not in fact authorized by Samsung to do those requests, and that the part of the offer where it related approval from an ad agency doing work for Samsung, was misleading. 

Samsung also chimed in with a scathing statement, saying that it had no idea its name is being used to popularize the App Challenge against cash on forum threads, and that's definitely not what they authorized the original ad agency to do in the first place.

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45 Comments

1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Tsk Tsk Samsung.... Caught red-handed again!

2. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Samsung caught in another controversey. What are the odds.

13. Zeus.k unregistered

You being an idiot, commenting without even reading the article just for the sake of hating Samsung which is in fashion right now amongst idiots like you. What are the odds.

16. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

blind samsungfan.

21. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

lol blind hater....it works two ways dude :P

26. Zeus.k unregistered

No sir, I'm not. I am an android fan. Love Google, Samsung, LG, motorola, htc, sony and Nokia also.

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Brainwashed Apple Fan ™®

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You do realize that marketing agencies are independent companies, right? Half the time when you're at a store and working with a "Samsung," "LG," or "Motorola" rep you're really talking to someone from a marketing agency. In fact, at Best Buy all of those "Samsung" reps in the Experience Shops are actually employees of marketing companies. At another Best Buy that has an "Apple" rep staffed there, a newbie coworker bought a Macbook. He wanted to get an Air instead and took the Macbook back to that store. The "Apple" rep told him to take the Macbook to our store instead so he didn't take the hit on the return. For those of you who don't know, an employee buying a big ticket item at one store and returning it at another is a cardinal sin and a fireable offense, which sadly the poor kid had no clue about since he had just started working for us. The stupid thing is that while we could take the return, it would end up going right back to his Best Buy anyway. My customer service manager immediately contacted the managers at that Best Buy and they promptly went out and ripped the Apple rep a new one. The end result? An embarrassed newbie, about five pissed off managers from two different stores, and a shady Apple rep being exposed for the slime he is. Except I'm pretty sure that like the Samsung reps, he's employed by a marketing company instead. But this was all because the asshole didn't want a Macbook returned.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Addendum: because the kid had no idea that the advice given him by the Apple rep was the biggest d**k move you can pull on another store, he did not actually get in trouble himself. Once he understood the situation and the rule he apologized profusely for causing a fuss and immediately left to return the Macbook at the original store.

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

They seem to have all kinds of underhanded tricks up their sleeves.

33. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Shamesung

41. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Why is this even news? Samsung offered money to a developer to get the words out about their upcoming event, how is this bad??

3. taojj

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I am getting sick of Samsung's dirty practices.

15. Zeus.k unregistered

and who are you? Let me guess. Another idiot posting comments without reading the article.

22. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

like Zeus said, did you even read the article, the comments he made where not even about any of samsungs products...

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You can't blame them for posting hate comments. Samsung did hired students to bash other companies once, it's very shame for a company to do that.

31. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so your saying if samsung didnt do anything wrong, its ok for people to bash just because of something that happened in the past? That sounds more like trolling to me, and you sound like your promoting it.

32. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Hate comments. It works both ways. It is okay for to bash iPhones, Blackberries, and Windows Phones but not Samsung, or Android for that matter? I'm just being honest with what i think, and so is everyone else. But Samsung DID use underhanded tactics like Xperia Droid said.

34. Zeus.k unregistered

So did Nokia and MS. Does that mean I should be crying over that in every wp related article. Samsung apologized for that and so did Nokia for their lil camera trick. Move on.

40. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

In fairness to Nokia, and in a similar situation to the one described in this article, it was the fault of the ad agency, not Nokia themselves. Furthermore, the ad agency didn't say that the shots were taken with a 920, but it was demonstrating what OIS was, which, I believe, the DSLR used did have and was making use of.

4. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

What goes around comes around..

5. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

Samsung again?! the best selling smartphones manufacturer? lol... i wonder why ppl still buy their products..

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh look. Someone else who didn't read the article.

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Do you really think that these stupid haters care about the article? Another example here..http://www.phonearena.com/news/Specs-leak-for-the-Samsung-Hennessy-Android-flip-phone_id46017

12. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

They make best smartphones! That's why!

23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

they make really good phones and have the BEST marking...end of troll

7. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

apple is still #1 at doin stuff like this

14. Sauce unregistered

Wow samsung

36. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And Android FTW™

17. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

So if Microsoft and BlackBerry pay developers to make apps for their platform is ok, but when an ad agency pays someone to promote app development for Samsung, even when Samsung is not aware of the deal, it becomes a problem. I'm not surprised as Samsung is at the top, hence the army of haters...SMH!

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