Hoax: KFC serves worms with fried chicken
A hoax circulating around the web claims that KFC serves worms with fried chicken. The KFC worm hoax is spread by satire publications and groups who wish to gain attention by causing anxiety, shock, or fear. Articles and social media posts that bump the hoax often contain a picture of a price of fried chicken with worms under the skin.
The hoax is not true. KFC is not serving worms in their friend chicken and we can not find any legitimate reports of anything like this ever occurring at KFC restaurants. Furthermore, worms would not be able to survive through the cooking process.
The hoax seems to have originated in China. It has been reported that people purchase fried chicken legs and wings from KFC restaurants in China and leave the chicken sitting out for a very long time, exposing it to sunlight and unnatural scenarios. After the chicken has gone bad they will take images of the aftermath. This explains many of the pictures shared along with this hoax.
Satire web publications produce false information and provocative material in order to increase website traffic. The more website traffic a satire website gets, the more revenue they can generate from cost-per-click advertisements. Website traffic creates impressions and impressions help increase the cost of each click on an advertisements.
Although this hoax is harmless, it does not do anyone any good sharing false information and potentially causing harm to this restaurant. However, many websites that routinely publish false information do contain questionable advertisements and host malware, as well as automatic web attacks.