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Chinese phone maker Huawei punishes employees for iPhone tweet blunder

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple CEO Tim Cook
Wayne Curry | 05 January, 2019, 08:55

In order to publish the tweet in time for the new year, Sapient's team inserted a Hong Kong SIM card into an iPhone and posted the tweet without checking how the published tweet would look, Huawei said.

A leaked memo seen by Reuters shows exactly how unamused Huawei's Head Honchos were by the mixup.

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. Apple CEO cited weaker-than-expected iPhone sales in China as the company lowered its quarterly revenue estimates Wednesday.

The earnings miss shows how the trade war is enveloping one of the biggest USA brand names, which had worked hard to gets its product exempted from tariff lists released by the Trump administration.

VPN is necessary for China since most global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are barred in the country.

Huawei soon deleted the embarrassing tweet, but not fast enough to prevent it from being screen-capped by Twitter users and shared by tech blogs.

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Since Twitter is blocked in China, Sapient - the social media handler-has to use a VPN to access the service.

Wednesday was the first time that Apple issued a warning on its revenue guidance ahead of releasing quarterly results since the iPhone was launched in 2007.

Huawei has become one of Apple's biggest competitors, recently overtaking the iPhone-maker to become the number two smartphone vendor in the world. The memo says that among the two punished is the company's digital marketing director, who will have his pay grade reduced for an entire year for lack of managerial oversight.

Samsung reportedly sued one of its "brand ambassadors" - said to be President Putin's "goddaughter" - for breach of contract for continuing to use an iPhone in public.

The arrest of its chief financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada in early December - on a USA 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.

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