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VPNs (virtual private networks) are used to get around China's ban on most Western social media sites.

A leaked memo seen by Reuters shows exactly how unamused Huawei's Head Honchos were by the mixup.

The memo said the incident, which was linked to "VPN problems" with a desktop computer, had "caused damage to the Huawei brand", Reuters reported. In that memo, Huawei corporate senior vice-president and director of the board Chen Lifang explained that the company responsible for Huawei's social media posts, Sapient, was experiencing VPN problems around the time it meant to send the tweet live. The tweet was marked "via Twitter for iPhone".

Huawei demoted the two employees by one rank and reduced their monthly salaries by some 5,000 yuan, which is about $728.27.

Last year, Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, also drew criticism when he made statements supporting Huawei, despite using an iPhone himself.

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In the USA, the benchmark S&P 500 stock index dropped as much as 1pc after data showed Chinese factory activity contracting for the first time in more than two years, though the index clawed back the losses later in the session. Huawei's management were understandably angry at this misstep by the company's digital marketing team and quickly deleted the tweet, replacing it with a new, iPhone-less message.

The United States, which recommended against using Huawei and ZTE solutions, warned its partners that the two companies may be spying for Beijing, though no evidence has been offered in this regard until now.

Huawei's marketing team choosing to use an iPhone to tweet seems like an obvious thing not to do, but the circumstances surrounding why this happened suggest Huawei's response is a little harsh.

Cook told CNBC that Apple products have not been targeted by the Chinese government, though some consumers may have elected not to buy an iPhone or other Apple device because it is an American company.

Samsung reportedly sued one of its "brand ambassadors" - said to be President Putin's "goddaughter" - for breach of contract for continuing to use an iPhone in public.


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