Apple cites China as it cuts forecast

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VPN is necessary for China since most worldwide social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are barred in the country.

As such, the world's second-largest smartphone vendor is reportedly unwilling to leave the deed go unpunished, docking the pay of two employees by the monthly equivalent of over $700, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

"Happy #2019", read Huawei's New Year's Eve message, which was sent from a device made by its USA rival.

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 gain access, users need a virtual private network (VPN) connection. However, the tweet also included the tag "Twitter for iPhone" which confirmed an iPhone had been used to write the tweet. Apparently the problem came when the tweet was outsourced to a social media manager who then had problems with their desktop computer.

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This is not the first time a company representative's brand choice has resulted in high-profile embarrassment.

The slashed revenue forecast is a rarity for Apple, with the company issuing another earnings warning only once in the last 15 years, according to CNET.

The tweet that sparked the controversy wished Huawei followers a "Happy #2019", a message which ended with a note that said it was sent "via Twitter for iPhone".

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. Last month, an official Samsung Twitter account tweeted from an iPhone. Post the blunder, the Chinese phone maker has made a decision to take things to a different level by punishing the two employees responsible for tweet via iPhone. Hu explained his brand choice saying that his supportive comments do not mean that he advocates taking action against foreign brands. Nikkei Asian Review reported on December 24 that dozens of Chinese companies are subsidizing their employees' purchases of Huawei smartphones, up to 20 percent of the cost of the phone in some cases.

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