Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission investigating Samsung Taiwan

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission investigating Samsung Taiwan
Samsung Taiwan is being investigated byTaiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for alleged advertising malpractice. According to the regulatory agency, Samsung used college students in the area and had them go online, pretending to be disgruntled HTC device owners. The students would post negative comments about the Taiwan based manufacturer while positing positive words about Samsung. As a result, the Korean manufacturer could be fined $25 million TWD ($836,000 USD). Samsung Taiwan has already been fined twice for two other violations. One violation, for false advertising related to the camera on the Samsung's Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, cost the company $300,000 TWD in fines ($10,034 USD)

The most recent complaints, which were sent to the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission earlier this year, note that Samsung worked with a local ad agency in having HTC attacked online. For its part, Samsung Taiwan says that it regretted "any inconvenience and confusion" that it might have caused and has stopped any form of marketing that involves "posting articles on websites."

So next time you are talking to someone online that is telling you how their phone is the best and seems to be pushing a particular brand, keep in mind that you might not be talking to the person that you think you are. You might be talking to some college kid in Taiwan paid by one of the handset manufacturer's to put down a rival.

source: AFB, TheVerge via AndroidAuthority

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76 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

why is everyone picking on Samsung? It's bout marketing. Marketing is the key too success vust because someone sells more phones than u u have too ram their office? First LG now HTC. Think those two companies are jealous

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Because they're jealous, they can't be as popular as Samsung, that's why they choose the mean way to "fight" with Samsung! And I hope Nokia, Sony, Huawei won't do this stupid thing! :)

6. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Everyone is picking on Samsung because they right now are in the #1 spot for phone sales worldwide.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What happenes if SONY or Motorola was on the top spot then what?

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Things will be different, Samsung have already do bad things, and that's copy, for example : Floating Touch from Sony, and Samsung rename it to Air Gesture. And Sony is very kind, Sony didn't even think about suing, Samsung is just lucky!

17. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The way Samsung detects air gestures is different than the Sony patent. If Sony sued them Samsung would win. Just because Sony had a patent first for gestures doesn't mean that others can't come in and do it differently. If Samsung was infringing on Sony's method they would of been sued the day the S4 got announced. All phones will have air gestures in 1-2 years.

49. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh I didn't think about that! Ok, I understand! But still, Sony and Samsung won't sue each other!

58. yudi.nemesis unregistered

i agree with you air gesture is different than sony floating touch technology but air view its same like sony floating touch, sony doesn't need sued samsung if there is Patent License Agreement between them. until this day i still doesn't know what technology that samsung use on floating touch tech (airview) but samsung not have the patent either (sony have it) and the air view have the same method like sony floating touch the feature that make you able to interact or control user interface by hovering.

35. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Airview is already available in note 2...but it needs spen...it actually samsung's idea..in s4 samsung found a different way to use airview..and they implemented it...

59. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Sony Xperia sola have that feature even before note 2, and it doesn't need S pen to do that. Xperia sola also have glove mode ( lumia 920 first ) and able to interact or control all user interface by hovering its not Samsung idea because Sony is the first one, so its Sony idea Until this day i still don't know that Samsung have patent on airview ( floating touch ) but sony have it the floating touch technology is developed by cypress and sony mobile

36. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If you are talking about copying..what about notification toggles and small apps in xperia z...

50. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Every smartphone have those! And Apple is gonna patent it and start the sue! :P

57. yudi.nemesis unregistered

its not air gesture but airview

61. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

According to this news, ppl aren't attacking samsung. It's samsung initiated this attack. "According to the regulatory agency, Samsung used college students in the area and had them go online, pretending to be disgruntled HTC device owners. The students would post negative comments about the Taiwan based manufacturer while positing positive words about Samsung."

2. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I do it for free because its hilarious how defensive people are of the HTC One its sickening. Nobody cares what phone you use. Tons of other people out there also do it for free without Samsung asking them.

3. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

papss is hired by nokia to bash samsung

5. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Every company does it to lure in buyers. They also give their youtube videos fake views, comments, subscribers and pay off news sites for good reviews. Go on sites like Amazon, manufactures post fake reviews on everything. Its good someone is finally doing something about it. Using Samsung should be a good example to other companies to stop before they get law suits.

7. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

WOW...how decieving! No worries, I just pre-ordered my premium handset the HTC ONE!

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Aluminium isn't really a premium metal, I mean soda cans are made out of aluminium. Apple has managed to trick so many people into thinking its a good material for phones, its probably the worst possible metal to use on a phone. It is weak, easy to scratch, interfers with NFC/the cell radio. They need a polycarb version of the HTC One, it would get better cell reception and run cooler and not dent/scratch from day to day use.

16. srimob

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Soda cans made with cheepmetal .. Then what about cheep plastic toys .. Is it premium metal... Waste of samdung troll...

18. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Polycarbonate is much stronger than aluminium, it also cost more. A 12 pack of soda has more "premium" aluminium in it than any phone ever will.

22. srimob

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

There are lot of differences between polycorbonate and plastic.. Nokia using premium polycorbonate and Samsung will use cheep plastic meterial...

34. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

nokia lumia 920's cheap squeaky plastic: youtube.com/watch?v=pzt4SPAkuSA stay mad buddy :)

41. SleepingOz unregistered

Wow, you deserve a nobel prize for your stupidity!

60. yudi.nemesis unregistered

are you really know what are you talking about aluminium isn't the most premium metal on earth but it looks and feels more premium than polycarbonate, its not weak either thats why many genius use it for car frame or air plane and aluminum have different series let me give you material comparison between polycarbonate vs Aluminium 6000 series (iphone 5)www.makeitfrom.com/compare-materials/?A=Aluminum-Magnesium-Silicon-Wrought-Alloy-6000-Series&B=polycarbonate-pc the problem with samsung is not polycarbonate, but the problem is Build Quality

67. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

There are no test of the Samsung polycarbonate, it will be interesting to see if Samsung choose cheap polycarb or good polycarb.

73. yudi.nemesis unregistered

did you really read my comment???using polycarbonate its not a bad things, it just samsung construction doesn't have premuim build. If samsung want to uses polycarbonate make it more durable like Nokia Lumia 920, Xperia Go and etc. because you like it or not aluminium looks and feels more premium than polycarbonate and aluminium its not ''weak'' FYI 1.CPU in Pc Computer using aluminium to release the heat so the CPU not overheating ( thats why metal phone getting little bit more hot than the plastic phone thats normal ) 2. Qualcomm is make the coolest mobile processor right now so if you said HTC can cook an egg, imagine if samsung combine Exynos + metal it would be hell on smartphone if you love samsung so much its ok but stop talking about b**l s**t

10. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

and PA got a chance to bash sammy... the way phonearena posts articles it seems they are paid by apple to bash samsung. and i m not from taiwan! lol

11. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

WOW! Samsung isn't Innocent at all! -Samsung stole technologies from Pantech -Samsung copied the original touchwiz from iOS and changed the touchwiz after being sued. -Samsung copied "FLOATING TOUCH" from Sony and renamed it to AIR GESTURES And now SAMSUNG is bashing their rival via INTERNET!! Samsung is evil! SAMSUNG FANBOYS THUMBS DOWN!!!

15. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Hey your finally realizing how the business world works. Every company does this.

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