Samsung denies it paid ‘fans’ to attend Galaxy S6 launch event in China

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Samsung has dismissed reports that it paid people to attend a recent launch event for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

During the weekend, Chinese news outlet The Paper alleged that Samsung paid 500 people to pose as fans at a press event held in Shanghai last Friday.

According to the Want China Times, Samsung requested that the ‘fans’ were all under 30 years of age and had to look like students, with each being paid 30 yuan, (approximately US$4.80) to attend the event.

In response to the reports, Samsung has today issued a statement in which it describes the accusations as “totally groundless and bogus.”

The statement from Samsung goes on to state that “under no circumstances has anyone been hired or given money to attend the event.”

Samsung confirms that The Paper, who originally broke the story, have agreed that the reports were erroneous and have since retracted the story.

The Korean electronics giant also says it is still considering whether to take any further action regarding the story and continues to investigate “how this story came to be.”

Samsung’s new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, were first unveiled at Mobile World Congress on March 1st and have been described as Samsung’s best smartphones yet.

The company is hoping the new phones will help to address declining sales, particularly in China, where Samsung has lost its stronghold on the market to Apple following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as to Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi.

At an event in Singapore held last week, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available in Thailand from April 20.

 

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