Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

China’s Huawei Punishes Employees for iPhone Tweet Blunder

China’s Huawei Punishes Employees for iPhone Tweet Blunder

It is not the first breakdown of an Apple product plays a role: In the past year, the editor-in-chief of the tightly loyal to the regime newspaper "Global Times made, for example", for the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE strongly and used his iPhone. This was the cause of the scandal.

In an internal memo dated January 3, Huawei said it has demoted two employees responsible by one rank and reduced their monthly salaries by 5,000 yuan (£570). Huawei is in a stiff competition with Apple and that can be clearly seen from Huawei's P-series smartphones at loggerheads for market sales with Apple's iPhone.

MKBHD video blogger Marques Brownlee, who has pointed out such missteps in the past, caught Huawei's PR group using an iPhone to promote its brand.


In order to maintain a presence on Twitter, a social platform that is censored by China's so-called "Great Firewall", the public relations team need to use a VPN. An internal Memo is the in-between case, "damage to the brand Huawei", claimed, Director of communications and Huawei Board member Chen Lifang. Meng is accused of fraud for allegedly lying to US banks about Huawei's relationship with Skycom, a Hong Kong-based company reportedly doing business with Iran. And it may have further ruffled feathers in Shenzhen after a number of popular American blogs, including 9to5mac, picked up on and ran with the since-deleted tweet, marked "via Twitter for iPhone".

"Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it's more than capable of stealing information from US officials by hacking its devices", Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said in February 2018. Screenshots of the tweet went viral, prompting all sorts of reactions from users worldwide.

While the is far from the first time we have seen an Android phone maker send a tweet from an iPhone, it's the first time we have been privy to the aftermath, and it's absolutely not pretty. That's why the employee accessed Twitter via an iPhone with a foreign SIM with roaming on - and now has to pay for it by being demoted to a lower position, just like his supervisor. They especially don't tolerate any sort of mistakes internally.

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