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Cabinet spokesman apologizes for posting picture of iPhone

TAIPEI--Executive Yuan spokesman Hu Yu-wei apologized yesterday for the controversy he stirred by posting a picture of a non-HTC smartphone on his Facebook page, a move that many netizens considered to be unpatriotic.

Hu said he never meant to cause trouble for the Executive Yuan or any other government body.

The apology came after Hu posted a picture of an iPhone 5 on his Facebook page Saturday along with a comment that read: “Help the economy, boost consumption.”

The post immediately drew a response from netizens, with one replying: “Shouldn't we use Taiwan-made products?”

Other people shrugged off the notion of patriotism, saying if people who do not use HTC cellphones are labeled as “not loving their countries,” then many people in Taiwan would fall under that category.

In the wake of mounting criticism, Hu explained that the iPhone he posted belonged to a friend and was not his phone. He then posted a picture of an HTC One S phone as proof he used a Taiwan-made cellphone.

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