Chinese telecom giant Huawei fined two employees for tweeting from Huawei’s official account using an iPhone, reports Bloomberg. Last week, a well-known YouTuber Marques Brownlee spotted Huawei tweeting a New Year’s greetings from its official account using an iPhone.
Huawei quickly responded to Brownlee’s tweet saying what seemed like a justification for putting up a tweet using an iPhone. Till then, the damage was perhaps done. Brownlee’s tweet has so far garnered 47,000 likes and over 6,000 retweets.
Huawei reportedly blamed this entire episode on an agency it hired to manage its social media overseas. The company further went to punish two of its workers with a monthly salary cut of 5,000 yuan (approximately Rs 50,788) and a single-level demotion, reports Bloomberg citing the internal memo. According to the memo, one of the workers was head of Huawei’s digital marketing team.
Huawei is experiencing a lot of trouble in the United States ever since six of their top intelligence officials including that of CIA, NSA and FBI expressed their distrust of Huawei and ZTE with regards to public servants and state agencies last year.
Recently, there were reports that the US president Donald Trump could be planning to impose a formal ban on Huawei and ZTE. Last month, Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer (CFO) of China's Huawei for extradition to the United States.