London, Mar 19 (ANI): A series of messages slamming Apple, posting by celebrities on the Chinese social network Weibo, are apparently part of an organised campaign, a report has said.
China’s state-run broadcaster, CCTV, screened a consumer rights programme at the weekend that accused Apple of not replacing broken iPhones, but instead only fixing specific parts, to avoid giving customers a new warranty period.
After the programme aired, Peter Ho, a Taiwanese film star, posted a message on Weibo, that ‘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.’
According to the Telegraph, the final sentence gave the impression that Ho was posting a message that had been told to publish.
The actor claimed that his phone had been stolen and he had not published the message.
It soon became clear that other celebrities were doing the same thing, the paper said.
Weibo users began to question whether the posts had been organised by CCTV or another company, it added. (ANI)