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KFC Sues Over Claims of Birds With 8 Legs – The New York Times

KFC sues Chinese competitors who orchestrated a social media campaign saying that KFC bred chickens with six wings and eight legs….each.

The restaurant operator KFC said on Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three companies in China saying that their social media accounts had spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens were genetically modified to have six wings and eight legs. The Chinese government has recently stepped up a campaign to root out rumors on social media sites. Critics say the campaign was largely aimed at suppressing criticism of the ruling Communist Party. KFC, one of that country’s biggest restaurant operators, said it was demanding 1.5 million yuan ($242,000) and an apology from each of three companies — Shanxi Weilukuang Technology, Taiyuan Zero Point Technology and Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication — that operated

accounts on the popular mobile phone app WeChat. Calls to numbers listed for the companies either went unanswered or the numbers were not valid.

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