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The impact of the U.S. blacklisting on Huawei’s smartphone business continues to increase. Facebook is the latest major U.S. technology player to withdraw support for Huawei smartphones. Reuters was the first to report on June 7 that “Facebook is no longer allowing preinstallation of its apps on Huawei phones… Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps preinstalled.”

A week ago, there were reports that Huawei had shut down a number of Foxconn smartphone production lines as demand for the company’s devices dropped. The company flatly denied that those reportswere true. But then this week came a second report from Asia, this time claiming that Huawei had slashed its smartphone shipment forecast for the second half of 2019 by as much as 20-30%.

Huawei held onto its lead over Apple for smartphone sales in the first quarter of the year, but will likely struggle to maintain that lead for the rest of the year. SCMP’s article quoted Zhao Ming, president of one of Huawei’s brands, acknowledging that the company objective of catching Samsung by the end of next year was at risk. “As the new situation has emerged,” he reportedly said, “it is too early to say whether we are able to achieve the goal.”