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04 Jan 2019

Huawei punished employees for tweeting New Year wishes from iPhone

Huawei punished employees for tweeting from iPhone

A few days back, Huawei sent New Year wishes, but by tweeting out from an iPhone.

The error was grave considering Apple-Huawei rivalry, but not a first for the Chinese giant.

And now, the company appears to be taking action by punishing the employees involved in the matter.

Here's more on the issue.

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Huawei punished employees for tweeting from iPhone
Here's what happened on New Year

Issue

Here's what happened on New Year

On the New Year's eve, Huawei wished its Twitter followers a "Happy #2019", just like everyone else.

But, that message, which also included a short-clip, was marked as sent 'via Twitter for iPhone' - the main competitor of the Chinese giant.

The tweet was removed in a matter of minutes, but by then, its screenshots had already started doing rounds on the internet.

Here's the tweet in question

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Technical error to blame

Similar errors have occurred before, but this particular case stemmed from a technical problem. According to an internal memo cited by Reuters, Huawei's outsourced social media manager Sapient had 'VPN problems' on desktop and was forced to tweet out the message via iPhone at midnight.

Huawei's response

However, Huawei took action against 'management oversight'

Though the tweet was sent by the handler, Huawei blamed in-house officials for "procedural incompliance and management oversight," the memo revealed.

Owing to this, the company demoted two employees involved in the case by one rank and decreased their monthly salaries by CNY 5,000 (Rs. 50,000).

It also froze the pay rank of its digital marketing director for a period of 12 months.

Also, Huawei declined to comment on the action

Response

Also, Huawei declined to comment on the action

Huawei declined to comment on its internal issues, while Sapient didn't respond when contacted by Reuters.

However, in the memo, Chen Lifang, Huawei's corporate senior VP and director of the board, claimed that "the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand".

Samsung had also committed the same mistake before, but this is the first time a response to such error has gone public.

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How to hide device mark from tweet?

Asked on 04-01-2019 by Aaryan Chatterjee

Answered by NewsBytes

You can hide device mark from Twitter. If will either show 'via Twitter for Android' or 'iPhone' depending on the device being used

How can we edit tweets?

Asked on 04-01-2019 by Aadhya Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, there's no way to edit tweets. But, Twitter has been said to be working on it.

Did Samsung also fine its employees for such error?

Asked on 04-01-2019 by Cheshta Bhatnagar

Answered by NewsBytes

Samsung employees have made this mistake twice in the past, but the action taken by the company in both cases was not made public.

Which Huawei phone competes against latest iPhones?

Asked on 04-01-2019 by Tejas Banerjee

Answered by NewsBytes

Huawei's all-new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro lineup competes against the latest iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Mate 20 Pro is available at Rs. 69,990 via Amazon India.

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