Huawei Fines employees for tweeting from iPhone
A new feature on Twitter, showing which device a tweet is coming from has caused social media embarrassment to Chinese Smartphone maker, Huawei, following a tweet sent out by its agency, Publicis. Sapient through an Apple iPhone on its official and verified Twitter account.
The tweet in question was sent out on New’s Year Eve by the consultancy practice, wishing Huawei’s followers a happy 2019. However, eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed the tweet was sent out by an iPhone as the tweet was labelled ‘Twitter for iPhone’.
The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with another sent out from Twitter Media Studio, a Twitter client for brands, but it was too late as the tweet had already gone viral.
According to Reuters, an internal memo sent out by Huawei senior vice president Chen Lifang explained the error occurred when a Sapient employee experienced ‘VPN problems’ with a desktop computer, so used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in order to send the message on time at midnight on December 31, 2018.
Twitter, like Facebook and Google, is blocked in China, which means users must use a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent the firewall.
Labelling the error as having “caused damage to the Huawei brand”, Chen went on to say the company has reduced the pay of the digital marketing director and another employee by 5,000 yuan (US $730), as well as freezing their income for a year.
Huawei is still the market leader in China and accounts for a combined share of nearly 80% of the market together with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, while Apple holds just 9%