Samsung has denied that up to half of the attendees at the launch of its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were paid to be there. The company released a statement yesterday denying that anyone was financially compensated for attending the Shanghai gathering last week.

“[Samsung] investigated a media report on April 3 which 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,” a statement on the company’s website said.

The accusations were originally made by a Chinese language publication, The Paper, which claimed that up to half of the 1,100 attendees had been “recruited” to attend the event for 30 yuan (US$3.20) per hour. The Paper also said that a recruiter had targeted “fans” who were under the age of 30 and could pass for students.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com