Huawei sanctioned two employees for Happy Year tweet sent from an iPhone

The Chinese technology Huawei sanctioned two employees of its Public Relations department after it was discovered that the tweet with which the official account of the company on Twitter had congratulated the New Year had been written from an iPhone, reported Saturday the news portal Caixin

Huawei will degrade one of its employees and cut its salary, while the other will not be eligible for promotion this year, the company said in an internal circular.

The tweet with which Huawei congratulated the New Year appeared with an inscription that read “via Twitter for iPhone” and, although it was erased in a short time, it did not prevent many users, both in China and in other countries, from sharing captures of screen.

These images have “negatively affected the brand reputation of Huawei smartphones,” lamented the company.

Huawei sanctioned two employees for Happy Year tweet sent from an iPhone
Huawei sanctioned two employees for Happy Year tweet sent from an iPhone

The error, explained in the document, occurred in a marketing subsidiary called Sapient, whose team was not able to connect to the VPN – virtual private network, a mechanism used in China to bypass the cyber censorship that blocks pages such as Twitter, Facebook or Google- to tweet from the computer.

Therefore, employees used a SIM card from Hong Kong – with which they can access these services – on an iPhone and sent the message.

Huawei blamed Sapient for what happened and did not explain the role of the two employees of his Public Relations department who he has punished beyond accusing them of “bad sales management”.

The Chinese mobile company is the latest diplomatic dispute between the United States and China, as its financial director, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on December 1 at the request of Washington, which accuses it of violating economic sanctions on Iran.

This caused a wave of nationalism in Chinese social networks, with messages of support for Huawei and against the US Apple, which just yesterday revised down their expectations for revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal year because of the fall in revenue in China, where he blamed his bad figures on the economic slowdown.

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