The employee, who reportedly made just US$14 an hour running Marriott’s social media accounts, told the Wall Street Journal he was never given any training on how to deal with China-related content. He said he was fired after an interview with a human resources director.
In January, Marriott announced during a meeting with Chinese authorities that it intended to dismiss the employee, according to China’s official news agency Xinhua
. The company also stressed that it agrees with China’s view. CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement
, “We don’t support anyone who subverts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.”
Most Western social media services are banned in China but what appears on them still attracts attention inside the country. In February, Mercedes-Benz had to issue a lengthy apology
after it posted an Instagram image with a quote attributed to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
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