Huawei apparently fines employees $700 per month for iPhone blunder


Two Huawei employees are reportedly starting the new year off with smaller paychecks after they were found to be responsible for a celebratory tweet issued with, horror of Western horrors, an iPhone.

However, Twitter displays which devices have been used to send a tweet - something many companies and celebrities with brand deals fall foul to - and seeing as Apple is a major Huawei competitor, this was allegedly seen as harmful to the Huawei brand.

Huawei has now caught up with Apple in the ranking of the largest smartphone manufacturer.

Marques Brownlee, a popular tech YouTuber, pointed out that the tweet had been made from an iPhone.

Twitter is blocked in China, as much as Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc are blocked in China.

Huawei New Year 2019 Tweet
Huawei New Year 2019 Tweet

Huawei in the memo said the blunder showed procedural incompliance and management oversight. This included the head of Huawei's digital marketing team, whose pay will also be frozen for 12 months, according to Reuters. In October, reports revealed that Samsung took legal action against its brand ambassador in Russian Federation.

The faux pas was first noticed by web video producer Marques Brownlee, whose tweet of a screenshot of the Huawei tweet has been liked 47,000 times and shared almost 7,000 times. In order to send the New Year's message at midnight, an iPhone with a roaming SIM card was used to send the tweet. Washington is also reportedly encouraging US allies to stop using the Chinese company's phones and network equipment.

Huawei are said to be dealing with the people responsible for the blunder.

In an internal Huawei memo dated Thursday, Chen Lifang, corporate senior vice president and director of the board, said, "the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand", Reuters reported. And now that Twitter has brought back the source information onto its mobile apps (not the website, unfortunately), that is likely only going to make it easier for others to find out whether it was tweeted from an Android smartphone or an iPhone. The list can truly go on and on about the number of celebrities caught promoting an Android smartphone and using an iPhone to send the tweet.

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