Huawei punishes employees for tweeting New Year’s wishes from an iPhone

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Some firms announced that employees caught using Apple handsets would be punished, while those purchasing Huawei phones would get subsidies.

"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. The blunder was first discovered by YouTuber Marques Brownlee on Twitter, which quickly went viral on social media.

You may remember that shortly after the turn of the year we told you about the latest company to fall foul of the course of tweeting from an iPhone instead of its own devices. That was likely not the first time that Huawei's social media team has used an iPhone to send Tweets on its official account, but it is likely going to be the last time.

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But the memo also reportedly indicated that Huawei had demoted and cut the pay by 5,000 yuan ($US728.27) of two employees held responsible. Even T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere promoted Samsung Mobile's Note 3 phablet using his iPhone 5s. And this time around, Huawei did not turn a blind eye to the whole thing. About a year ago, the company's brand ambassador Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, endorsed the high-end Mate 10 Pro using her iPhone. The tweet, posted on New Year's Day, wished followers a "Happy #2019" while displaying "via Twitter for iPhone".

Huawei has something of a reputation for discipline and strict working conditions. That's why the employee accessed Twitter via an iPhone with a foreign SIM with roaming on - and now has to pay for it by being demoted to a lower position, just like his supervisor. The account was later brought back by Samsung but all the tweets made from a different phone were deleted. This Sputnik writer knows which they would take (it's not the Apple). Though it would be surprising to see this happen over at Huawei again, given the pretty steep punishment that it is handing out right now, especially for those in China.

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