The Chinese phone maker tweeted "Happy 2019" from its official account at 11:31 p.m. on Dec. 31, with a "Twitter for iPhone" stamp, the South China Morning Post reported Friday.
The company blamed an agency it hired for overseas social media, but also punished the two employees who oversaw ties to that agency, according to Bloomberg. It reported that an internal memo indicated they'd had 5,000 yuan ($730) cut from their monthly salaries and were demoted a single level.
The memo apparently revealed that one was head of Huawei's digital marketing team, and noted that the error "exposed flaws in our processes and management."
In addition, Huawei's digital marketing director will get their pay rank freeze for 12 months, 9to5Mac reported.
The incident came days after Huawei smartphones in 2018. It also followed shortly after company CFO Wanzhou Meng , with the possibility of extradition to the US over charges the company violated sanctions by doing business with Iran.by shipping more than 200 million
President Trump may alsolimiting US wireless carriers' ability to purchase network gear from Huawei and other foreign companies deemed to pose national security risks.
Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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