As the war between China’s many food delivery startups continues to wage, even the slightest PR snafu can cause a serious setback, which is why China’s largest search engine is now suing Tencent and Sohu.

Baidu has submitted a defamation lawsuit against the two companies in reaction to a series of articles that claim Baidu’s food delivery unit, Baidu Waimai, sourced deliveries from unhygienic restaurants.

The two internet companies aided in publishing a combined 16 articles that Baidu has taken issue with.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com