Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Huawei Demotes Two Workers Over An Iphone

Huawei Demotes Two Workers Over An Iphone

An internal memo showed that China's Huawei Technology punished two employees for the New Year Greetings they sent on the company's official Twitter account by means of an iPhone.

Reports say the firm has demoted two employees and reduced their monthly salaries by almost 730 dollars for "causing damage to the Huawei brand". Once pay is restored it will not increase again until at least twelve months have elapsed. According to Bloomberg, Huawei executives took great offence to the tweet being sent via a competitor's product.

In an internal Huawei memo dated January 3 seen by Reuters, corporate senior vice-president and director of the board Chen Lifang said, "the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand".

Chinese companies have been trying to steer employees toward Huawei products and away from USA rival Apple. The external social media agency that Huawei uses, Sapient, was having problems with its VPN, which is needed to access Twitter from within China.

Reuters and Bloomberg cited an internal memo as saying that Huawei blamed the blunder on an outside company it employs to manage its social-media overseas. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested recently in Canada for allegedly violating USA trade sanctions against Iran. In the case of Huawei's Digital Marketing Director, his salary level was also frozen for one year, so he will not receive an increase during this period. As the tweet couldn't be sent via a desktop system, someone used an iPhone as a workaround.

According to Reuters, Twitter and several other services from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc are blocked in China, where the Internet is heavily censored.

Huawei's P-series phones compete directly with Apple's iPhone, so this was a serious blunder by those responsible.

Huawei, which recently overtook Apple to become the second largest smartphone vendor globally, has not yet issued an official public statement regarding the issue.

It is not the first time use of the Apple product has given cause for embarrassment.

Although this is not such a grave mistake, it still is an embarrassing situation, especially considering the alleged iPhone boycott.

The team eventually deleted the tweet and sent a new one from a masked Twitter client almost four hours later.

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