The Chinese technology company Huawei sent out a tweet on the New Year holiday that all wanted a happy 2019. But many social media users noticed that the tweet had been sent from an iPhone. Why does it matter? The iPhone is made by Huawei's US competitor Apple, and now there are reports that the employees responsible for the Huawei tweet were penalized.
Huawei distributed an internal company memo on January 3, claiming that the incident had "caused damage to the Huawei brand," according to Reuters. Apparently, the social media team, managed by the giant international PR firm Sapient, experienced what was described as "VPN issues" on their desktop computers and had to use a cell phone to tweet. Twitter is blocked in China, so even large Chinese companies such as Huawei have to use VPNs to route traffic through open land to operate on Twitter.
The announcement explains that employee officers had been demoted and that their monthly wages had been docked around $ 720. It was not immediately clear how much money the employees had made before being demoted.
The Twitter platform can tell if a tweet has been sent from the Twitter site to the mobile app, and what type of device you & # 39; use again. Previously, apps like Tweetdeck were the only places where the tweet method was prominent, but the latest mobile Twitter app update on iPhone has made the message "emitted from" more prominently, as you can see on the screen below.  Screenshot of the tweet sent out by Huawei's social media team over New Year's Eve
Huawei's newest mini-scandal comes to the heels of several major scandals in the technical world run by New Cold War between Russia China and North Korea on the one hand, and the United States, Britain, and several other Western countries on the other.
Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US government on December 1, 2018 for allegations of violating sanctions against Iran. The Chinese government has retaliated by arresting at least thirteen Canadians (eight have been released), and the US Department has issued a warning yesterday to travel to China over the fear that the Americans may be arrested for no reason to dispute the arrest of Meng .
"Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws, as well as special restrictions on two US Chinese ," said the State Department. "Chinese authorities have claimed broad authority to ban US citizens from leaving China using" exit bans ", sometimes holding US citizens in China for years."
Companies in China have even offered discounts to people who use Huawei phones and carry Chinese There is apparently no end to the vision of the new Cold War, and President Donald Trump's trade war with China does not help either. Apple's weak iPhone sales in China sent the stock market down yesterday.
But there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. Dow is expected to open higher this morning after China's Trade Department announced that there would be trade negotiations between the US and China in Beijing on January 7.
Yes, we've been down this road before, but maybe they can hammer something out before things get worse and tip the world into a really bad financial situation.
Maybe. Maybe . A guy can dream, can't he?
[Reuters via Mac Rumors]