Earlier this week, the fast-rising Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, demoted and cut the pay of two of her employees held responsible for a New Year’s greeting tweeted from Huawei’s official account , and hilariously, with an iPhone.
This appears to be very embarrassing for the China’s biggest telecom company, who is aiming for the Number 1 spot of the world’s smartphone brand after overtaking Apple as the No. 2 in 2018.
This incident comes amid tensions runing high with finance chief Meng Wanzhou facing extradition to the U.S. over alleged bank fraud.
What appears to have added fuel to the flame in Shenzhen, the headquarters, was after a number of popular American blogs, including 9to5mac, got interested and ran the story. The tweet, marked “via Twitter for iPhone”, has since been deleted.
While Huawei blamed the faux pas on an agency it hired to handle social media overseas, the company also came down hard on the two workers. The punishment included a deduction of 5,000 yuan ($730 / ₦266,000) from monthly salary as well as a single-level demotion, according to an internal memo seen byBloomberg News.
One of the two was head of Huawei’s digital marketing team, according to the memo circulated among the public and government relations team as well as a number of employees in the consumer business unit. Huawei declined to comment for this story.
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