Huawei in the memo said the blunder showed procedural incompliance and management oversight. It said it had demoted two employees responsible by one rank and reduced their monthly salaries by 5,000 yuan ($728.27).
The pay rank of one of the employees — Huawei's digital marketing director — will also be frozen for 12 months, it said.
It is not the first time use of the Apple product has given cause for embarrassment.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalistic tabloid Global Times, was mocked online last year after he used his iPhone when expressing support for Huawei and domestic peer ZTE. He later said his actions were not hypocritical as foreign brands should not be discriminated against.
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