Huawei Demotes Two Employees Responsible for iPhone Tweet Blunder

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The tweet from iPhone incident occurred when the Huawei's outsourced social media agency, Sapient, experienced virtual private network (VPN) problems with its desktop computer, according to the memo.

The tweet that sparked the controversy wished Huawei followers a "Happy #2019", a message which ended with a note that said it was sent "via Twitter for iPhone". He said the action had been taken because the screw-up had "caused damage to the Huawei brand", which is hard to argue with. According to a January 3 corporate memo obtained by Reuters, one was head of Huawei's digital marketing team and government relations team.

Like many Western services, including Facebook, Twitter is banned in China, forcing people to use VPNs if they want to access the site.

One employee will be demoted and have their pay docked, while the other will be passed over for promotion this year, the Chinese telecommunications company said in an internal document Thursday.

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Although the incriminating tweet was quickly corrected, the original version was screenshotted and shared across Chinese and English social media, prompting mockery.

Last year, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world's second-biggest smartphone maker.

The arrest of its chief financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada in early December - on a United States extradition request linked to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran - has led to a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones.

While Cook remained optimistic that Apple has a "bright future" in China, flagging sales in the country are a key reason for its lower revenue outlook. Huawei was embarrassed before when a "mobile spokesperson" blurted out a Huawei ad from their personal iPhone.

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While the actual tweet was apparently made by Sapient staffers, Huawei held two employees responsible for failing to oversee the process effectively.

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