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The Chinese tech company Qihoo 360 has won a court case against rival Sogou.
In 2013, Qihoo 360, China’s biggest online security company and the country’s second biggest search engine, said that it had detected serious security issues in rival search engine Sogou, which ranks third in the country.
Sogou denied it had any security issues and sued Qihoo 360 for abusing its dominance in the security market to further its search engine business.
Qihoo 360 appealed this and it is this appeal that has just won in the courts, with the court ruling that Sogou really did have security issues and Qihoo 360 was simply stating a fact rather than dishonestly trying to damage the reputation of its competitor.
Such allegations and counter-allegations may seem shocking to people outside of China, but these practices are fairly commonplace within the country, where the internet has been referred to both as “the Wild West” and a censorship blackspot.