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2 Chinese Huawei Employees Punished By The Firm Over Iphone Tweet Goof Up

2 Chinese Huawei Employees Punished By The Firm Over Iphone Tweet Goof Up
According to an internal memo issued by China's Huawei Technologies and seen by the media, two of its employees have been punished for them sending New Year greetings on the smartphone maker's official Twitter account through an iPhone.
Followers were sent a "Happy #2019" on New Year’s Day in a tweet marked sent "via Twitter for iPhone" by Huawei whose P-series handsets compete with Apple's iPhones.
While the company quickly removed the tweet, but till then social media had been flushed with screen shots of the tweet.
"The traitor has revealed himself," quipped one user on microblog Weibo, in a comment "liked" over 600 times.
"The incident caused damage to the Huawei brand," said corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the board Chen Lifang, issued through the internal memo of the company which has been seen by the media.
According to the Huawei memo, this blunder took place because Sapient, the outsourced social media handler, had issues with accessing "VPN " through a desktop computer and therefore made use of an iPhone with a roaming SIM card so that the wish message could be sent right at the dot of midnight on New Years Day. 
Just like a number of foreign services such as those from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc, Twitter is also banned in China because of the severe censorship of the internet by the Chinese government. And because of this censorship, a virtual private network (VPN) connection is required by people in China to gain access to the internet and those foreign services.
There were no comments made by Huawei on the issue when contacted by the media. IN the January to September period, the Chinese tech giant over took Apple to become the second largest smartphone vendor by volume.
There was also no immediate comment available in the media from Sapient.
Procedural incompliance and management oversight were reflected by the goof up, said Huawei in the memo. The company said in the memo that the two employees who had been identified for the blunder were demoted by one rank and their monthly salaries had been reduced by 5,000 yuan ($728.27).
The memo further said that the company would also freeze the pay rank for 12 months of one of the employees – the digital marketing director of the company. 
This is not the only incident when individuals and companies in China have been embarrassed because of the use of the Apple product.
Last year, there was heavy online trolling and mocking of editor-in-chief of nationalistic tabloid Global Times, Hu Xijin, after an iPhone was used by him to show support for ZTE Corp and Huawei. Following the online trolling and ridicule, he later said that his act was not hypocritical in nature as the Chinese should not discriminate against foreign brands and products.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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