Taiwan’s FTC fines Samsung $340,000 for smearing HTC

Samsung has been ordered to pay 10 million New Taiwan dollars (or $340,000 USD) for organizing an internet campaign that violates fair trade rules, reports Bloomberg.

It was discovered to be hiring writers to post positive comments about its own smartphones, and leave negative comments about HTC’s products. This was done through a third-party marketing campaign, and two marketing firms have also been fined a total of more than $100,000 for their participation.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has been caught doing this – earlier this year it admitted to bribing developers to promote Samsung on the developer community Stack Overflow.

This is a very minor victory for HTC, but it seems that damage has already been done, as the company recently posted its first quarterly loss.