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Huawei Staff Punished After Official Tweet Posted ‘via iPhone’

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Two Huawei employees who sent a message from the Chinese telecom firm’s Twitter account using an iPhone device have been punished, a memo says.

The tweet, posted on New Year’s Day, wished followers a “Happy 2019” while displaying “via Twitter for iPhone”.

Chinese companies have been trying to steer employees toward Huawei products and away from US rival Apple.

Last year, Huawei overtook Apple in the number of handsets shipped worldwide, making it second only to Samsung.

On Friday, a report by Reuters news agency – citing an internal company memo – said that the Huawei staff involved in the Twitter blunder had been demoted and would be receiving reduced salaries.

The new year message was quickly removed from Huawei’s official Twitter feed but was shared by users of the social media site.

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