iphone apps Chinese celebrities attack Apple as part of alleged campaign

Celebrities in China have been accused of participating in an organised campaign criticising Apple for allegedly failing to replace broken iPhones in the country.

Celebrities in China have been accused of participating in an organised campaign criticising Apple for allegedly failing to replace broken iPhones in the country.

 
CCTV broadcast a consumer rights show over the weekend, highlighting how Apple only fixed specific parts of broken smartphones instead of offering a full replacement, in efforts to avoid giving customers a new warranty period. It contrasted this treatment with that of other customers throughout the world, who receive a new phone.
 
Once the show was over, various celebrities took to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, voicing their outrage at Apple.
 
Suspicion began when Taiwanese film star Peter Ho's message ended with “Post around 8:20,” which appeared like an instruction a PR agency might give. Ho later claimed that he never wrote this message, but that his phone had been stolen.
 
iphone apps Chinese celebrities attack Apple as part of alleged campaign
 
Other celebrities followed suit, all posting around the same time of 8:20pm, adding to concern that this was an orchestrated attempt to blacken Apple's name.
 
Kai-fu Lee, former president of Google China, said that he was asked by CCTV if he could post comments about the show on Weibo, but he refused. The revelation, however, suggests that the TV channel itself was looking to drum up social media furore over the programme.
 
Apple said it values criticism and suggestions, but did not indicate that it was willing to change its policy on replacement iPhones in China.
 
Source: The Telegraph