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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.

While the is far from the first time we have seen an Android phone maker send a tweet from an iPhone, it's the first time we have been privy to the aftermath, and it's absolutely not pretty.

Huawei has now caught up with Apple in the ranking of the largest smartphone manufacturer.

The tweet was quickly removed but screenshots of the blunder spread across social media.

Reuters also reported that Chen Lifang, the corporate senior vice president and director of the board, said the snafu "caused damage to the Huawei brand".

But, apparently the mistake wasn't simply an error of judgement, but occurred due to China's internet firewall.

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In order to maintain a presence on Twitter, a social platform that is censored by China's so-called "Great Firewall", the public relations team need to use a VPN.

The mistake happened due to problems the users were experiencing with their VPN connection. Just recently, Chinese companies revealed they'd reward employees who would replace iPhones with smartphones made in China, as a response to Huawei's CFO being briefly detained Canada.

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Now according to Reuters, citing an internal company memo dated January 3-said that the Huawei staff involved in the Twitter blunder had been demoted by one rank and would be receiving reduced salaries by CNY 5,000 (roughly USD$728.27 or UGX2,711,600).

As well as the pay cut, the digital marketing director was also hit with a salary freeze and no promotions for the next 12 months. Huawei only sent out a memo which attributed the issue to "procedural incompliance and management oversight". According to the news outlet, many companies are offering discounts on Huawei phones to encourage employees to buy Huawei phones. As a brand ambassador, you are supposed to be using the product that you are promoting, and that line was even in her contract with Samsung.