11th May 2011, Star News telecasted a report on Speak Asia which not only attracted criticism from Speak Asian members but also a praise from people who couldn’t understand the concept and hence couldn’t make money out of it.
Star news, over all, did not say it is a fraud, but said it might be a fraud. It did not say it would cheat people but said it might make people wonder when it disappears in thin air. So, the question really is will they vanish or will they continually make people earn through their unique model.
I remember Labnol (www.labnol.org), a leading technical blogger wrote few points about it being fraud but within few days he removed the post. Why?? I asked him why, but he never replied back. Another blogger of his status just replied me in private that he either might have taken a lot of money from Speak Asia or might have been wrong in his analysis. I am not sure a person of his stature would just remove his analysis for few dollars, but, as per me, he might have been legally threatened to have defamed a well settled company or he was really wrong in his analysis. Money used in settling it out of judiciary, might be a possibility.
Again a month later few SMSs, Emails mentioning it being fraud started circulating and Speak Asia had to come out with the public notice that people who are involved in defaming Speak Asia would be legally taken care of.
But having been busy with the biggest fair of India GenX Bazaar at Goa with so many big brands, Star News displayed it notorious spirit to increase it TRP using the name Speak Asia which is now trending everywhere, not only in metropolitans but in small towns also where people are making huge money out of it.
My only questions are when Star News said big brands like Bata and ICICI are not associated with them, did they check out what all brands are associated with Speak Asia @ GenX bazaar and what they all are doing there.
Factually speaking, Star news does not have time to do so much of analysis and dig into it. It just heard something and made a news out of it. TRP is the motive.
There is also a news that “Actually there was some hot discussion between Star News and Bouncers in GenX bazzar, GOA. When repoters of Star News were stopped, they reacted and bouncers in security give stroke to one of them and that resulted in such “Breaking News” on STAR NEWS. Speak Asia will probably file case against Star News for defamation and they will run a scrolling Advt. in IPL matches also against such FAKE (STAR) NEWS.“
Remember “Breaking News: Kanpur mein do kutto ne rachai shaadi, Kutte bhi gay hote hai“. That is their standard. Believe me. I don’t trust India TV, Star News and such channels who are flashing “Breaking News” 23 out of 24 hours (1 hour for server down 🙂 )
Speak Asia is a company empowering consumers by letting them skip few leads and directly give their opinions to big companies which makes a difference.
I might be wrong in what I said but every opinion counts.