A court in Xi’an of China’s central Shaanxi Province has ordered Baozou Comics, or Rage Comics, to extend a formal apology on state-level media and pay RMB 100,000 ($14,528) of compensation to the family of Ye Ting, a communist hero during China’s national war, Chinese media is reporting.

In May this year, Baozou Comic, a popular satirical comic in China, posted a 58-second long short video which depicted someone wearing its iconic “rage face” mask mocking Ye and Dong Cunrui, another war-time hero who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist bunker during the Chinese Civil War.

This soon incurred the wrath of the public as well as the content monitors. The company’s site and official accounts on different China’s social platforms were forced to close down in mid-May for rectification. To ease public anger, the company Chief Executive Officer Ren Jian has led his team to apologize in front of the hero’s memorial monument and promised to improve patriotic training for the young team.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.