Huawei Employees Punished After iPhone Tweet Blunder

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On New Year's Day, the Huawei Twitter account wished followers a "Happy2019" and the Twitter account marked the tweet as sent "via Twitter for iPhone".

The incident comes amid escalating diplomatic tensions between China and the USA, which has seen Washington raise security and espionage concerns over the Chinese tech giant and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrested in Vancouver on December 1. Huawei's tweet publicly displayed "Twitter from iPhone" below the message thanks to this recent Twitter change. This is not the first time that we have seen the Twitter handle of major Android OEMs tweeting from an iPhone.

"Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it's more than capable of stealing information from USA officials by hacking its devices", Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said in February 2018. As a result, two of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer's employees were demoted one rank and received a monthly cut in pay of 5,000 yuan (approximately $728). Meng is accused of fraud for allegedly lying to USA banks about Huawei's relationship with Skycom, a Hong Kong-based company reportedly doing business with Iran.

In a furry of patriotic displays, many Chinese consumers and companies have vowed to stop using United States products including Apple iPhones in support of Huawei and Meng.

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The error happened because the VPN access on the computer from which the tweet was to be removed did not work at the desired time. This was more than a one-time thing - which it was for Huawei, it sounds like.

iPhones are made by Apple, one of Huawei's biggest competitors in the smartphone market. As a brand ambassador, you are supposed to be using the product that you are promoting, and that line was even in her contract with Samsung. This Sputnik writer knows which they would take (it's not the Apple).

The "Twitter from iPhone" labelling was roundly mocked on social media. The account was shut down and later brought back by the company but without the tweets.