Samsung Might Be Hiring Students to Post Bitchy Comments on HTC One Reviews

By Chris Mills on at

Naughty-boy of tech Samsung is in hot water yet again -- this time, it's apparently been hiring students to post mud-slinging comments at the bottom of HTC One reviews, and the same Taiwanese authorities that raided their offices looking for industrial espionage are now investigating Sammy for false advertising. Uh-oh.

According to the AFP, the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission has set up a probe into Samsung, following complaints that Samsung has been paying Taiwanese students to post HTC-bashing comments at the bottom of otherwise-glowing HTC One reviews, because the world didn't have enough senseless drivel yet.

What gives extra kudos to these rumours is a mysterious post on Facebook from Samsung Taiwan, saying:

 "Samsung Taiwan has ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments. We regret any inconvenience this incident may have caused. We will continue to reinforce education and training for our employees to prevent any future recurrence."

And there I was thinking that 're-education' had died out. Still, it goes to show either that Samsung is shit-scared of the HTC One eating into its profits, or that the murkier underworld of the technology business is even darker and danker than it first appeared.

If they're found guilty, they'll face fines of around £500,000, which might mean one fewer servant to shovel piles of money into the furnace. Or perhaps not even that. [AFP via TechRadar]

Image: Angry child from Shutterstock