South Korean smartphone giant Samsung paid people to pretend to be
its fans at a press conference for its products’ release on
Friday, reports Shanghai-based news outlet the Paper.
A person specializing in recruiting these “fans” said he brought
over 100 people to the event. They and the other groups of people
brought by other recruiters reached 400 to 500 in total. These
hired “fans” amounted to around half of the 1,000 people at the
event, according to the Paper. […]
The recruiters told them to tell reporters they were at the event
because they are Samsung’s fans or interested in the smartphone
brand’s new model the S6, said the paper. Over half of the people
taking photos of Samsung’s latest model the S6 and the S6 Edge
were using iPhones.
Samsung investigated a media report on April 3 that claimed people
were temporarily hired and paid to attend the Galaxy S6 launching
event in Shanghai, China and later found that the story was
totally groundless and bogus.
The news article contended that part-timers, acting as “fanboys”of
Samsung smartphones, participated in the launching event. However,
our findings have indicated that under no circumstances has anyone
been hired or given money to attend the event.