VPNs are pretty much a requirement when it comes to accessing social media sites in China, as the government extensively censors the internet.
Reuters said it was able to obtain an internal company memo that detailed how the incident took place, as well as its aftermath.
Naturally, the irony of the embarrassing New Year's Eve tweet was not overlooked on social media, given the heated climate of confrontation between Apple and Huawei, particularly in light of efforts by Chinese firms just last month to boycott Apple products.
And it may have further ruffled feathers in Shenzhen after a number of popular American blogs, including 9to5mac, picked up on and ran with the since-deleted tweet, marked "via Twitter for iPhone". To circumvent the so-called Great Firewall of China, individuals and companies typically use virtual private networks (VPN). YouTuber, MKBHD had spotted the tweet which carried the label "Twitter for iPhone".
When you work for the digital marketing team of a smartphone manufacturer, the last thing you should be doing is using a rival's hardware to post messages on behalf of the company.
Samsung Galaxy A50 to get triple camera, in-display fingerprint sensor
The A50 will reportedly hit the market in two variants - 64 GB storage and 128 GB storage - and likely run on Android 9 Pie. The 5G Galaxy S10 version, meanwhile, should be available in certain months at some point in the first half of 2019 .
In the United States, 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 employees who allowed their company to tweet New Year wishes from an iPhone are now in trouble.
The Chinese tech giant has identified two people responsible for the tweet and demoted them both.
Huawei isn't the only Android smartphone maker to suffer this kind of embarrassment.
For example, electronics maker Shanghai Youluoke Electronic and Technology is covering the entire cost of up to two Huawei phones per employee, while Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology is providing its workers with 18 percent of the costs of buying either a Huawei or ZTE phone, another Chinese maker that's come under criticism by U.S. authorities and those of US-aligned nations like Australia. He later said his actions were not hypocritical as foreign brands should not be discriminated against.