3 February 2016
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A Shanghai court has fined three local tech firms for helping spread rumours about Yum Brands' KFC fast food chain that included doctored photos of deformed chickens and allegations that the birds had six wings and eight legs.
In a statement on its official microblog, the Xuhui District People's Court said Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication, Taiyuan Zero Point Technology and Shanxi Weilukuang Technology had "damaged KFC's reputation" and "caused it economic losses" by permitting the allegations to be posted on their social messaging accounts.
The companies were ordered to make an official apology and fined a combined 600,000 yuan (S$130,000), an amount that fell far short of the 1.5 million yuan Yum had asked each company to pay in damages. […]