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

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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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