Samsung denies hiring crowd to attend Galaxy S6 launch event in China
Yesterday, we brought to your knowledge a report carried out by a Chinese publication called The Paper where Samsung was alleged to have paid some people to attend the company’s press event on 3rd April. Today, the phone maker issued a statement calling out the report as “groundless.”
The report cited that Samsung paid more than half of attendees at the event for coming to avoid an embarrassment of having an empty venue during company’s launch of the Galaxy S6 smartphone in China on Friday. However, the Korean company rubbished the claims in a press release issued today:
“Our findings have indicated that under no circumstances has anyone been hired or given money to attend the event. In fact, the more than 1,100 attendees, including consumers and industry officials, have all been formally invited to the Shanghai Culture Square where the event took place.”
Samsung also noted that the media outfit has retracted the story after corroborating with their findings.
The story seems to have died a natural death for now but this isn’t the first time Samsung is involved in this kind of scandal. In 2013, the Korean company was fined in Taiwan for paying students to post negative reviews about competitors’ smartphones online.
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