Tech Giant Huawei Punishes Employees For Sending Tweet On iPhone
China's Huawei technology company has punished two employees who were responsible for sending out a New Year tweet ... from an iPhone.
The pair could have got away with the contentious act, but the tweet sent from Huawei's account wishing its followers a "Happy #2019" was marked "via Twitter for iPhone".
Huawei's P-series phones compete directly with Apple's iPhone, so this was a serious blunder by those responsible.
The tweet was swiftly removed from social media, but some were too quick for the tech giant and screenshots of the mistake were shared all over the internet.
In an internal Huawei memo seen by Reuters, corporate senior vice-president and director of the board Chen Lifang said, “the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand”.
But, apparently the mistake wasn't simply an error of judgement, but occurred due to China's internet firewall.
When outsourced social media handler Sapient experienced “VPN problems” with a desktop computer it used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in order to send the message on time at midnight, Huawei said in the memo.
According to Reuters, Twitter and several other services from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc are blocked in China, where the Internet is heavily censored. To access these services, users need virtual private network (VPN) connection.
Huawei, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor by volume in January-September, declined to comment on internal issues when contacted by Reuters.