Samsung fined $340k in Taiwan over HTC smear campaign
Earlier this year Samsung was found to be associated with two PR agencies in Taiwan, which were paying some guys to besmirching HTC’s reputation while praising Samsung products on local online forums.
The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission started an investigation into the matter and has now come forward with three separate fines regarding the incident.
Samsung’s Taiwan business is to pay a NT$10 million penalty (around $340,000), while OpenTide Taiwan Co. and Sales and Profit International Co. were fined NT$3 million (around $102,000) and NT$50,000 (around $1700) respectively.
The FTC views purposefully misleading information and deliberate ii-speaking about competitors an unfair business.
Earlier this year Samsung was fined by the same FTC NT$300,000 (around $10,000) for a misleading ad about the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Y Duous GT-S6102.