Back in April, Samsung was accused of hiring a bunch of students in Taiwan to post fake reviews of the HTC One, showing the device in bad light. Investigations were on since then and Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has found Samsung guilty of the charges. As a result, Samsung will now have to pay fines in excess of NT$10 million which is about $340,000.
While this may be equivalent to spare change for a major corporation like Samsung, this incident has caused a certain degree of embarrassment for the Korean manufacturer. Samsung seems to have acknowledged this and has promised an internal investigation on the issue. It is being said that a few local distributors and subsidiaries were involved in this act and not Samsung directly.
The HTC One has accrued heaps of praises ever since its launch early this year, but hasn’t managed to sell well. The company is in turmoil right now as it battles to make a comeback in the mobile industry with the One Max phablet.