Ever since the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer (CFO) in Canada, many Chinese citizens have been supporting the brand by enforcing and incentivising both a “No iPhone” policy within their own companies and employees. However, two employees found themselves facing the brand’s wrath when they tweeted a message from an iPhone.
The employees, who work for a social media outfit known as Sapient, wanted to send out a New Year’s message through the brand’s official Twitter account. As many of you know, tweets sent from a iPhone or Android device are noted at the bottom of the tweet.
Therefore, it really is no surprise that Huawei flipped its lid when it saw the “via Twitter for iPhone” at the bottom of the tweet. The “offending” tweet has since been removed, but not before screenshots of it were taken and spread across the internet.
The blunder was primarily due to China’s ban of the social media platform. It still can be accessed, but that will require the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). In the defense of the employees, both of them were having VPN issues on their desktop. The employees then decided to an iPhone with a roaming. In order to send a New Year’s message at midnight.
In an effort to demonstrate its fervor and set an example, Huawei meted out punishment by demoting the two employees responsible for the mistake, as well as reducing their salaries by 5000 Yuan (~RM3000). Additionally, the pay rank of one of the employees, will also be frozen for 12 months.