When tweeting, tweets are often labeled with details of the specific client software and computing device used to create tweets. And this can be a source of great embarrassment to people working with social media for smartphone manufacturers.
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Now, Reuters and Bloomberg report that Huawei's leadership was furious about gaffe.
"The accident caused damage to the Huawei brand," Huawei official Chen Lifang said in an internal note on Thursday.
Huawei allegedly docked the salary of the two employees by 5,000 yuan ($ 728) and reduced each employee's rankings to one level in Huawei's corporate hierarchy.
Reuters explains how the error occurred:
The error occurred when outsourced social media worker Sapient experienced "VPN problems" with a desktop computer, so [it] used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card to send the message on time at midnight , Huawei said in the note.
Twitter, which cut off all foreign services such as those from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc, is blocked in China, where the Internet is heavily censored. To access, users need a VPN connection.
While the actual tweet was apparently made by the Sapient employees, Huawei had two employees responsible for not effectively monitoring the process. According to Bloomberg, one of them was the leader of the Huawei digital marketing team.
Huawei is not the only Android smartphone manufacturer to suffer from this type of embarrassment. Last month, an official Samsung Twitter account tweeted from an iPhone. Back in 2014, an official LG account posted a tweet mocking iPhone for its "bendgate" issues using an iPhone.