Samsung Fined For 'Web Campaign Against HTC'
Samsung has been fined in Taiwan over an alleged internet campaign to undermine the reputation of rival mobile phone maker HTC.
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed a penalty of $340,000 (£210,000) - the second fine it has levelled against the South Korean giant this year.
FTC said it had fined the local unit of Samsung Electronics for organising an internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC - a Taiwanese company.
The FTC also imposed smaller fines on two Taiwanese trading companies it said were responsible for mounting the internet campaign.
Earlier this year the FTC fined Samsung for misleading advertising about the camera functions on a Galaxy model in Taiwan.
The FTC action comes with HTC on the defensive amid disappointing sales for its once popular smartphones.
The company, which posted its first quarterly loss in the July-September period, has suffered a drop in its global handset market share from a high of 10.3% in the third quarter of 2011 to only 2.6% in the third quarter of 2013.
Samsung did not immediately comment on the FTC's decision.