Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Technology | By Nina Perez

Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

Apparently, some sort of "VPN problems" with a computer forced the employees to use an iPhone with a roaming SIM card to send the message out at midnight.

According to Reuters, Huawei isn't just blaming the third-party and is instead blaming the people who chose to use them, saying that the mistake showed "procedural incompliance and management oversight". Several Chinese tech companies are reported to full-on fire their employees if they're caught using an iPhone, or take the phone and fine them the cost of it (a pretty big deal when you're on factory wages).

However, hidden in the tweet was one such reason to get people talking: "via Twitter for iPhone". Although the tweet was deleted shortly after the screenshots of the blunder spread across social media, thanks to the unofficial Twitter police Marques Brownlee aka MKBHD.

Seeing phone companies publish tweets using competing devices is at least a somewhat common thing, but today, we're learning of the fallout from one such incident.

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The US has thousands of troops in the region and, while some larger military exercises have been stopped, smaller ones continue. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean officials after the North canceled it at the last minute in November.

Wednesday was the first time that Apple issued a warning on its revenue guidance ahead of releasing quarterly results since the iPhone was launched in 2007. Apple's iPhone is a major competitor to Huawei's line of smartphones.

Twitter is blocked in China on a heavily censored internet, requiring users to gain access to the social media platform with a VPN connection.

For example, electronics maker Shanghai Youluoke Electronic and Technology is covering the entire cost of up to two Huawei phones per employee, while Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology is providing its workers with 18 percent of the costs of buying either a Huawei or ZTE phone, another Chinese maker that's come under criticism by USA authorities and those of US-aligned nations like Australia.

As suspected, the tweet in question was posted by a marketing agency Huawei hired to handle its social media accounts overseas. Beyond that, the salary of Huawei's digital marketing director has been frozen for the next year. Hu explained his brand choice saying that his supportive comments do not mean that he advocates taking action against foreign brands.

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