Huawei demotes two employees for posting to Twitter from an iPhone

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Huawei doesn’t mess around when it comes to their brand image. They especially don’t tolerate any sort of mistakes internally. The company has demoted and cut the pay of two of its employees for hurting the brand image. These employees are accused of posting a New Year’s tweet but did so using an iPhone.

Usually this wouldn’t be an issue but since Twitter publicly records which OS you’re posting from, well, it’s out there. The situation was only intensified when Twitter users started pointing out the mistake. There are several users who enjoy posting these mistakes for entertainment purposes.

Huawei senior vice president Chen Lifang said that this incident has caused damage to the Huawei brand thus the employees have been demoted and a monthly pay cut of around $728USD. One of the employees is also facing a pay rank freeze for 12-months. The offending tweet can be seen below.

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Reinforcing the severity of the mistake, some users on Weibo were happy the offenders were identified.

“The traitor has revealed himself,” quipped one user on microblog Weibo, in a comment ‘liked’ over 600 times.

The mistake happened due to problems the users were experiencing with their VPN connection. So in order to post the tweet on time at midnight, they resorted to using an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in it. Since the company is in China, they have to use a VPN to gain access to the outside internet.

The tweet has been removed but it still lives on as a screenshot. These mistakes happen more often than you think. Many accounts that are associated with the Android operating system have been seen posting from an iPhone.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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