Samsung does not have the greatest of reputations when it comes to honesty and acting above board, and the latest scandal will do nothing to improve that.
The company has just been fined $340,000 by the Taiwanese FTC for using a “large number of hired writers and designated employees” to “highlight the shortcomings of competing products,” mainly those made by HTC.
The Taiwanese company has been struggling despite producing well-received and reviewed products, announcing their first ever loss last quarter. They are already well out-marketed by Samsung, and now it appears the Korean company is even attacking their word of mouth recommendations.
Despite admitting to this practice, Samsung has continued to astroturf, most recently playing developers to talk up their developer competition in forums.
I guess you don’t get to announce record profits of $7.6 billion without getting your hands a bit dirty…