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HTC and Samsung tangle in a Twitter tit for tat tango

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Mon Jun 10 2013, 11:29
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TWO HARDWARE FIRMS have rather ingloriously fallen out on Twitter over some awards.

HTC and Samsung both took to their UK Twitter accounts late on Friday to discuss some gongs that their hardware had picked up.

In response to one tweet from HTC, Samsung offered the suggestion that it could keep its one award, because it was happy with its three.

"Last night we won the 'Hottest phone of 2013' at the Mobile Awards #HTCOne," said HTC before tweeting an "Ouch" to the @SamsungMobileUK social networking account.

"That's okay guys, our arms were full with the other three awards we took home last night. You can have that one!," replied Samsung.

This did not go down particularly well, and soon mud was flung with HTC accusing its rival of using students to post negative reviews about its hardware.

"All those students you paid to write fake reviews of your competitors finally paid off. Pay rise, maybe?" it said.

This lead to an intervention from LG Electronics, and in its own tweet that firm suggested that everyone "calm down" in a reference to an insurance advert.

We have asked Samsung if it wants to comment on the accusation that it employs students to write negative reviews on the internet. So far we have not had a response.

The Korean company has been accused of using students in Taiwan to blow hot air about its hardware and smear mud on its rivals. In a Facebook statement in April, it said that it would stop posting anonymous reviews.

"Samsung Taiwan has halted all internet marketing such as posting articles on websites," it said. µ

 

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