Huawei demotes and and cuts pay of employees responsible for iPhone Tweet

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It happens time and time again, a smartphone maker tweets from a competitors device.  Occasionally it can be embarrassing, and a lot of the time a whole lot of fuss is made out of nothing.  However, Huawei’s post to its official Twitter account on New Years Eve definitely came under the embarrassing category.

Social media folks seem to forget that when you Tweet from an iPhone, the little “via Twitter for iPhone” tag goes with your post. Huawei found this out the hard way around midnight on December 31 when a  was made to wish the world a happy 2019.

The post itself was fine; a tweet to wish the world a happy 2019. The embarrassment came in the fact that the tweet was posted via an iPhone. While Huawei quickly deleted the tweet in question, screenshots went viral – as is often the case when Android manufacturers are caught tweeting from iPhone.

While a mistake of this sort is nothing new, what is new is that Huawei has gone very public with its chastening of all people who were involved in the error. Huawei has made it known that the employees responsible have been demoted and had their pay slashed as punishment.

Huawei vice president Chen Lifang has stated that “the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand.”

A memo was also circulated that explained the situation leading to the mistake. An outsourced social media firm called Sapient had problems with a VPN preventing the Tweet from being posted from a desktop computer.

The social media person turned to a nearby iPhone to get the Tweet out on time without considering the embarrassment Tweeting from an iPhone would cause an Android device maker.

While that outsourced social media handler is ultimately responsible for the error, Huawei also admonished in-house management as executives at the company said that the mistake showed “procedural in-compliance and management oversight.”

Two Huawei workers were demoted by one rank and had their pay cut by 5,000 yuan, or about $700 per month. Huawei is also freezing pay rank for 12 months for its digital marketing director.

While Huawei’s action may seem harsh to some, it is amazing how damaged a brand can be by such a simple error.

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