Chinese telecom giant Huawei has punished two employees for posting a New Year greeting on the company's official Twitter account using an iPhone made by arch rival Apple
Huawei dislodged Apple last year from its position as the world's second biggest smartphone-seller, below global number one Samsung.
But in a public relations gaffe, the Chinese company wished followers a "Happy #2019" in a tweet on New Year's Day - marked sent "via Twitter for iPhone".
One unnamed employee and Huawei's director of digital marketing were demoted and had their monthly salary slashed by $730), according to AFP.
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.
Although the blunder was made by a third-party social media company called Sapient, the pair were disciplined for the "negative impact" on the Huawei brand caused by the incident, which highlighted " procedural incompliance and management oversight", the memo said.