According to the Complaint, Qutoutiao Inc. offers a mobile application called Qutoutiao (which means “fun headlines”) that aggregates articles and short videos from professional media and freelancers and presents customized feeds to users. In September 2018, the Company completed its IPO, selling 13.8 million ADSs at $7.00 per share.
The Complaint alleges that during the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, the Complaint alleges Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that Qutoutiao replaced its advertising agent with a related party, thereby bypassing third-party oversight of the content and quality of the advertisements; (2) that the Company placed advertisements on its mobile app for products whose claims could not be substantiated and thus were considered false advertisements under applicable regulations; (3) that, as a result, the Company would face increasing regulatory scrutiny and reputational harm; (4) that, as a result, the Company’s advertising revenue was reasonably likely to decline; and (5) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects, were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.
On November 4, 2020, the Court issued an Order consolidating cases and appointing Lead Plaintiff and Counsel.