KFC wins compensation for faked articles over mutant chickens

Updated: 2016-02-03 16:42

By Zhou Wenting in Shanghai(chinadaily.com.cn)

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KFC wins compensation for faked articles over mutant chickens

A woman holding an ice cream walks out of a KFC restaurant in Beijing, July 17, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

Restaurant giant KFC won compensation of 600,000 yuan ($91,200) from three companies that distributed fake articles on social media accusing the fast food giant of selling abnormal chickens, according to a court verdict published on Wednesday.

The company's lawsuit accused the operators of 10 social media subscription services of harming its reputation by publishing articles with sensational headlines and photos that said the fast food behemoth used chickens with six wings and eight legs.

The Shanghai's Xuhui District People's Court ruled that the three companies, which provided the faked content to WeChat, China's popular messaging app, also must make a public apology.

KFC presented evidence during the court hearing about the safety of its products, the reputation of its food suppliers and its adherence to China's food safety standards.