Samsung’s social media staff was caught using Apple iPhones to create and publish tweets promoting the company’s Galaxy Note 9 on two separate Twitter accounts.
The first embarrassing tweet was made by @Samsung-Saudi on Nov. 18. It touted the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 9, but it was amusingly created “via Twitter for iPhone.” The technology gaffes were both first spotted by technology YouTuber Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD).
That wasn’t the end of it. On Nov. 25, the Samsung Nigeria Twitter account also posted a tweet boasting the Note 9’s Infinity display — created “via Twitter for iPhone.”
Might as well add "Twitter police" to my bio at this point 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/DRlrXl7bak
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) December 2, 2018
Normally, it’s not possible to see a tweet’s original operating system source from Twitter’s app or website. But there are a number of third-party Twitter apps that do allow users to see the exact platform that a tweet originated from.
Interestingly, it seems that Samsung didn’t exactly take the embarrassing mistake all too well. The South Korean tech giant has not only deleted the tweet — but it also took down the entire Samsung Nigeria Twitter account.
Apple and Samsung are fierce competitors, and the latter company frequently pokes fun at the Cupertino tech giant in its ads. That makes these relatively minor blunders all the more embarrassing.
While the Samsung gaffes may be embarrassing, there have been a number of past instances of people or companies deriding Apple or promoting competitors from an Apple product.
LG France once poked fun at the so-called ‘Bendgate’ iPhone 6 controversy with a tweet crafted on an iPhone. In 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a boycott on Apple products in a tweet that was created on, you guessed it, “Twitter for iPhone.”
This also isn’t the first time that an international Samsung account made an embarrassing mistake.
Back in August, a Twitter user noticed that Samsung Brazil had used stock photos from the Getty Images library to tout the camera quality of its Samsung A8 smartphone.
Samsung tried to pass it off as a simple mistake, but Android Police later concluded that the social media account has “intended to mislead” by using those stock images.