In a follow-up posted Saturday, Tea Leaf Nation reported that CCTV had been caught encouraging prominent social media celebrities to post those expressions of outrage on Sina Weibo. Their proof: A message posted by Peter Ho, a Taiwanese-American singer/movie star and spokesperson for Samsung Galaxy, that inadvertently included CCTV's instructions:
#315isLive# Wow, Apple has so many tricks in its after-sales services. As an Apple fan, I'm hurt. You think this would be acceptable to Steve Jobs? Or to those young people who sold their kidneys [to buy iPads]? It's really true that big chains treat customers poorly. Post around 8:20.
Ho later claimed his phone had been stolen and that someone else had posted that message. But by then "Post around 8:20" had gone viral, and other members of the so-called 820 Party had been identified. There ensued a race to repost their messages before they were deleted.
You can read all about it in Tea Leaf Nation's Prominent Weibo Users Paid to Bash Apple? Introducing China's '820 Party'.
Another reason this reeks of samesung is because of they do commercials. They try to bash Apple by making fun of people wanting in line for new Apple devices, like parents waiting in line and trying to imply Apple is not cool.
At least with a commercial everyone knows it's advertising. I don't like celebrities being paid for comments about goods or services without letting fans know it's advertisement. It seems deceptive, with Ho's comments it was outright lies.
No doubt Samesung is behind it. I guess Weibo is similar to twitter and I know celebrities get paid to endorse products on twitter all of the time. I remember reading that Kim Kardashian gets paid 10,000 a tweet to endorse a product or service.
It's obvious he was paid for the post. If Samesung sees nothing wrong with copying one of their largest customers products, they would have no problem with paying a celebrity to bash Apple. Too bad it can't be proven. I doubt there could be anything legally done, but it least it would show others what type of a company Samesung is.
Just sAw this but Yahoo wouldn't let me post the link...it's on CNN.Money right now and all over stock twits. Outrageous, you can't trust the #$%$ or JEWZz. Liked that story about that book who came here under political assilium and stole Boeing secrets for 10 years before the FBI got him...All foreigners hate America,
Yes, APPLE Management needs to realize SAMSUNG's MUCH BIGGER AD BUDGET IS "BUYING INFLUENCE" AMONG MEDIA TO "BASH APPLE". That's the dirty Korean's game. We American Taxpayers paid out $2 Trillion to defend their country, and this is what they do in return. OUR ENTIRE SOC. SECURITY TRUST FUND WAS SPENT OVER 60 YEARS PAYING FOR S. KOREA's DEFENSE. And they steal our techology and lie about Apple.