Samsung had to pay people to trash-talk HTC phones?

Samsung paid sockpuppeteers to criticize rival products online, it is alleged in Taiwan. A subsidiary reported on its facebook page that it had "ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments". [BBC]


  1. See this all over the Internet with Google as well.  I’ve seen people say something critical of Google at Ars Technica or whereever and the lackeys swarm all over them.  Of course, they have their fair share of fanboys who jump in as well.

    1. I don’t think that’s anything unique to Google.  All the mobile brands seem to hve their share of trolls and fanboys.  If you go to a mobile-oriented site like BGR, you’ll see Samsung bashers pop up in every Samsung post, Apple bashers in the Apple-related posts, Android basers in the Android posts, etc.  Which brings out the counter-trolls to respond. 

      And of course, all the trolling by all sides is at a maturity level  below that of most 10 year old boys.

  2. The story is not true at all. And HTC phones suck! Samsung is the best! I am definitely not paid to write this post.

  3. It’s hard to tell the overly eager product fans from the paid shrills. Welcome to the internet.

  4. I guess I just don’t know how to make money, then, because I’ll trash talk HTC phones for free. I just got rid of an HTC Inspire 4G, and I hated that phone every day of the two year contract that came with it. Lousy battery life, worse antenna, upgrades stopped with Gingerbread, and there is no excuse for a phone one fourth the size of my new phone to weigh twice as much. The constant annoyance that phone put me through soiled the brand for me permanently.

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