SHENZHEN — Huawei, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone has recently caught using iPhone for a New Year tweet from the company account.

The smartphone manufacturer greeted its followers with “Happy 2019” on its official Huawei Technologies’ Twitter account on December 31 and had a “Twitter for iPhone” stamp visible in the bottom right-hand corner of the tweet.

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

According to Bloomberg, the Shenzhen-based tech firm blamed the mistake on their overseas social media agency and decided to punish two employees from the marketing department.

The punishment included a CNY5,000 ($700) fine, a single-level demotion and blocking any eventual promotions for the next 12 months.

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The company blame the mistake to “VPN problems” as Twitter including many social media services is blocked in China and company’s employee used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in order to send the message on time at midnight.

The incident comes just a few days after Huawei announced it shipped a record 200 million smartphones in 2018.

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The Chinese company also surpassed Apple in smartphone shipments for a consecutive two quarters starting from April last year, vaulting it to the number 2 spot globally behind South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics.