Huawei Staff Punished for Tweet From iPhone

Huawei Staff Punished for Tweet From iPhone

Huawei Staff Punished for Tweet From iPhone

Huawei deleted its original New Year's message and reposted it, this time with the source displaying "Twitter Media Studio".

The two employees are facing a rough start to the year, being penalized by the company to the tune of 5,000 yuan ($728.27) per month, a pretty high price for a single Tweet. Huawei's tweet publicly displayed "Twitter from iPhone" below the message thanks to this recent Twitter change.

You may remember that shortly after the turn of the year we told you about the latest company to fall foul of the course of tweeting from an iPhone instead of its own devices. To circumvent the so-called Great Firewall of China, individuals and companies typically use virtual private networks (VPN). One of the employees was head of Huawei's digital marketing team, according to an internal memo circulated among a number of teams.

The mistake is said to have occurred due to Huawei's outsourced social media handler, Sapient, experienced "VPN problems" on the desktop PC it uses to send out tweets.

In the U.S., the benchmark S&P 500 stock index dropped as much as 1pc after data showed Chinese factory activity contracting for the first time in more than two years, though the index clawed back the losses later in the session.

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Seeing phone companies publish tweets using competing devices is at least a somewhat common thing, but today, we're learning of the fallout from one such incident.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times, was mocked past year after he used an iPhone when expressing support for Huawei and domestic peer ZTE Corp.

Previously, we reported that Huawei had asked its employees to stop using Apple iPhones or they will have to face the consequences. "Our resolution this new year is to give you more reasons to connect to those you care about", read the tweet which was marked "via Twitter for iPhone".

The circulation of the screenshots has "negatively affected the brand reputation of Huawei smartphones", the company said. Hu explained his brand choice saying that his supportive comments do not mean that he advocates taking action against foreign brands.

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