Huawei demotes two employees following News Year's Eve iPhone tweet debacle

Apple lowers Q1 expectations, blaming shortfall on weak Chinese economy and trade war

The employees' VPN of choice was causing problems on the day the tweet was supposed to go out, and they were anxious they'd miss the midnight deadline, so they used an iPhone with a roaming SIM to send the tweet.

Now, Reuters and Bloomberg are reporting that Huawei leadership was furious about the gaffe. Nikkei Asian Review reported on December 24 that dozens of Chinese companies are subsidizing their employees' purchases of Huawei smartphones, up to 20 percent of the cost of the phone in some cases.

You may remember that shortly after the turn of the year we told you about the latest company to fall foul of the course of tweeting from an iPhone instead of its own devices.

The document describes the incident in which Huawei Technologies wished its Twitter followers a happy new year from an iPhone as cause for brand damage. Although the tweet was deleted shortly after the screenshots of the blunder spread across social media, thanks to the unofficial Twitter police Marques Brownlee aka MKBHD. The memo also instructed employees to "tighten management of suppliers and partners" with an agency hired to handle the company's overseas social media apparently being primarily to blame for the humiliating snafu.

Since Twitter is blocked in China, Sapient - the social media handler-has to use a VPN to access the service. Huawei was embarrassed before when a "mobile spokesperson" blurted out a Huawei ad from their personal iPhone. This included the head of Huawei's digital marketing team, whose pay will also be frozen for 12 months according to Reuters.

The slashed revenue forecast is a rarity for Apple, with the company issuing another earnings warning only once in the last 15 years, according to CNET. He later said his actions were not hypocritical as foreign brands should not be discriminated against.

Hal Eddins, chief economist at Apple shareholder Capital Investment Counsel, said Cook's comments on how the US trade tensions with China were hurting the company's outlook "might be a dig at (US President Donald) Trump, but mostly he may be using the trade turmoil as an excuse for some missteps they've made over the past year".

Related News:

  • Force still an option for unification: Xi

    Force still an option for unification: Xi

    Last year, it also forced foreign airlines and hotels to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites. He called independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead end.
    Women enter flashpoint Indian temple defying centuries-old ban

    Women enter flashpoint Indian temple defying centuries-old ban

    Traditionalists over the past few months have stopped women from trying to enter the hilltop temple site, at times violently. Sreedharan Pillai, described the visit as "a conspiracy by the atheist rulers to destroy the Hindu temples".
    Baker Mayfield fined $10K by National Football League  for unsportsmanlike conduct

    Baker Mayfield fined $10K by National Football League for unsportsmanlike conduct

    Brown has not missed a game this season, and is coming off season-highs in last week's loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2013.
  • Netflix raises movie-viewership curtain with 'Bird Box'

    Netflix raises movie-viewership curtain with 'Bird Box'

    The title refers to a literal box of birds that her character carries - the birds begin to chirp when the unseen evil approaches. Netflix tweeted Wednesday, "Can't believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE ".
    Warriors are unlikely to match Cleveland's offer sheet to Patrick McCaw

    Warriors are unlikely to match Cleveland's offer sheet to Patrick McCaw

    Pairing him alongside Collin Sexton , Rodney Hood , and Tristan Thompson could possibly be a solid nucleus to build around. For McCaw, it gets him to freedom of unrestricted free agency and out of constraints of restricted.
    Djokovic Secures Fourth Abu Dhabi Crown

    Djokovic Secures Fourth Abu Dhabi Crown

    There are a few things here and there that I need to work on but pleased with the quality of my game throughout the tournament. As a fan, I salute that change.' Djokovic also spoke about his current shape: 'I am playing good tennis in last six months.
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

    Flu occurs many times in your life and you are imprinted, is what we call it, by whatever occurred first. The influenza A H3N2 strain is the one that made last year's flu season so severe.
    Trash, Feces, Vandalism: How The Shutdown Is Impacting National Parks

    Trash, Feces, Vandalism: How The Shutdown Is Impacting National Parks

    Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada was closing some campgrounds and some popular areas like Mariposa Grove. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I've seen in my four years living here, " Snider said.
    TV actress Dipika Kakar wins Big Boss 12

    TV actress Dipika Kakar wins Big Boss 12

    I was very confident that " Big Boss " is about being you and I would be myself and that's the reason why I have won the show. Anyway, coming to his manager's opinion, Ronita expressed her displeasure over Dipika's win strongly on her Twitter handle.
  • Paris St-Germain Steal A March On Rivals For Arsenal Ace

    Paris St-Germain Steal A March On Rivals For Arsenal Ace

    And he believes Ramsey would be a major hit for the Serie A champions, telling Sky Sport Italia: " Ramsey is a great purchase ". Ramsey has featured in 22 matches for Arsenal this season, 12 of those being starts.
    Galaxy A50 To Feature Large 4,000mAh Battery, 24MP Selfie Camera: Leak

    Galaxy A50 To Feature Large 4,000mAh Battery, 24MP Selfie Camera: Leak

    The phone is also said to have an in-display fingerprint sensor, with a screen similar to the new Samsung Infinity screen. Further, A50 is rumored to run Android Pie-based One UI and pack a 4,000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
    Dana White Talks Possibility Of Brock Lesnar Vs. Daniel Cormier Fight

    Dana White Talks Possibility Of Brock Lesnar Vs. Daniel Cormier Fight

    Jones pushed the pace in the third to take Gustafsson to the mat, take his back and finish the fight with heavy ground strikes. As a result , the UFC made the controversial decision to move the entire event from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on short notice.

Most liked

Elizabeth Warren Arrives In Iowa For First Visit As 2020 Presidential Candidate
As you might notice, the parody "Warren 2020" logo actually reads, "Warren 1/2020th" - a reference to Warren's DNA test findings. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is planning to introduce, following tireless advocacy by the youth-led Sunrise Movement.

Rafael Benitez backs Manchester United to have say in title race
But the congested fixture list over the last two weeks has left little time for training in between games. I think as soon as we lose the ball he is ready to defend, ready to help the team.

Two Former Georgia Greats Named Finalists For Pro Football Hall Of Fame
If Reed is chosen for induction, he would become the third Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career with the Ravens. Three former Arizona Cardinals were announced as modern-era finalists for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Ellen DeGeneres Seemingly Responds to Kevin Hart Interview Backlash
In his historic tweets, Hart called gay people "fags", as well as using the term "gay" in a derogatory way, and mocked lesbians. Hostin added. "When is a person allowed to become an ally?" The host told Hart not to listen to the "haters out there".

Mitt Romney: Trump's actions have caused worldwide dismay
Romney has largely agreed with Trump's policies. " The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December", Romney wrote. While Romeny seems be off to a rocky start with the president, Lee has thrived in the Trump administration.

Headline: Trump: Iran can do whatever it wants in Syria
Trump had come under fire for his projected quick withdrawal from various quarters, including retired Gen. Trump went out of his way to explain his continuing commitment to the Kurds. "Russia's not happy.

Netflix's 'Stranger Things' returns in July 2019
Series regulars Eleven ( Millie Bobby Brown ), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are all there. Along with this, Netflix has also announced the release date of the acclaimed science fiction-horror web television series.

Krispy Kreme truck destroyed in fire, Kentucky police mourn
Crews were able to extinguish the fire shortly after, but the responding officers took the loss pretty hard. Police departments from across the country, including MA , reached out to express their condolences.

Manhunt underway after suspect fired into vehicle, killing 7-year-old girl
The Sheldon Independent School District identified the girl as a second-grader at the nearby Monahan Elementary School. Heartbreaking news surfaced as reports of a 7-year-old girl being shot to death in a Walmart parking lot surfaced.

Tokyo vehicle attack: Van slams into New Year's revelers, injuring 8 people
A vehicle plowed through a crowd of pedestrians celebrating New Year's Eve in Tokyo , Japan, in the early morning of January 1. Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.

Russia detains American in Moscow over suspected spying
The Federal Security Service, or FSB , the top KGB successor agency, said that the American man detained in Moscow on Friday. The FSB, which said the American had been detained on December 28, added that a criminal case had been opened against him.

Flights suspended at Hanover airport after vehicle breaches runway
Police charged that the suspect had tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines, according to local media reports. The security breach led to the cancellation of all departures and arrivals as a precaution.

3 dead, 79 missing in Russian Federation apartment block explosion
The local branch of Russia's Federal Security Service said the blast was believed to have been caused by a gas explosion. A total of 110 people were registered as residents of the affected section of the building, regional authorities said .

UAE Reopens Embassy In Damascus After Six Years
The border crossing between Syria and Jordan, another US -ally that backed the rebels, was reopened in October. A Syrian passenger flight flew to Tunisia on Thursday for the first time in almost eight years.

Cyber-attack disrupts distribution of multiple USA newspapers
They all share the software systems of the Tribune Publishing media company, which formerly owned the Los Angeles Times . Some markets will receive an abridged version of the Saturday edition on Sunday.