OnePlus roped in Hollywood A-lister, Robert Downey Jr. as its brand ambassador for the OnePlus 7 Pro a couple of months back when the phone launched. The actor also has a Weibo account, which is a popular chat platform in China, for keeping in touch with his fans and also promoting the OnePlus 7 series. However, a few days back, he accidentally forwarded a Weibo message from a Huawei P30 Pro, which is a direct competitor to the OnePlus 7 Pro. This news made headlines across all media channels and in order to douse the fire, he posted another message to try and make light of the situation.
A new post on the Robert Downey Jr. Weibo account reads, “Well, I guess it's time to upgrade my assistant to a new OnePlus 7 pro so mistakes don't happen again. @OnePlusmobilephone - up for a quick delivery run?” The post was an attempt to diffuse the situations and make light of the goof-up which happened. Since Weibo is a Chinese chat platform, this much is obvious that OnePlus has someone posting messages on Downey Jr.'s behalf.
It started with a forwarded message on Wiebo, a few days back, when users spotted that message was sent from a Huawei P30 Pro (Review) and not a OnePlus smartphone. The Robert Downey Jr. Weibo post was immediately taken down but of course, not before enough screenshots were taken and spread across social media. This became kind of a big deal, which is why OnePlus seems to have added this follow-up post to try and get ahead of the situation.
This is not the first time we've seen celebrities or brand ambassadors of a brand, inadvertently tweeting or posting public messages from rival products. In an instance late last year, Samsung's Nigeria unit was found tweeting about Galaxy Note 9 (Review) using an iPhone.