WAYFAIR, an e-commerce company that sells furniture and household goods, was plagued by unfounded accusations of child sex trafficking on Twitter and Reddit on Friday.
Wayfair’s accusations of a social media user regarding expensive storage cabinets have taken the Internet by storm, similar to the refuted conspiracy theory of 2016 known as Pizzagate.
What is Wayfair conspiracy theory?
Wayfair’s conspiracy theory is the belief that very expensive cabinets listed for sale on the company’s website were actually missing children.
“Is it possible that Wayfair is involved in human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are they just extremely overpriced cabinets? at Newsweek.
Along with the editor’s statement, a screenshot was shared on the Wayfair website, showing cupboards – with names that social media users say are missing girls.
The cabinet photos were named Neriah, Yaritza, Alyvia and Samiyah – which social media users discovered as the names of missing girls.
Suspicions arose after the cabinet lists were deleted from the Wayfair website – shortly after the messages went viral.
Wayfair conspiracy theories come a year after 500 Wayfair employees left the company’s head office in Boston.
The walkout took place after employees learned that Wayfair had benefited from the sale of beds at detention centers for migrant children.
How much do overpriced cabinets cost?
Overpriced cabinets ranged from $ 12,699.99 to $ 14,499.99.
What did Wayfair say about their extremely high priced items?
In a statement to Newsweek on Friday, a Wayfair spokesperson said: “There is, of course, no truth to these claims.
“The products in question are industrial quality cabinets at an exact price.
“Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price.
“We have temporarily removed the products from the site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately describe the product to clarify the price. “
What are people saying on Twitter and Reddit?
In response to the sex trafficking theory, a Reddit user said, “What about the fact that if you look up the reference number for one of these products named after girls, you will find that the image results on any uncensored search engine (like yandex) showing images of children in bikinis. What do you think about this? ”
Although many social media users seem to believe the theory, some Twitter users don’t think it is possible to send a human inside a box like the ones shown in Wayfair’s photos.
One person tweeted, “I’m sure the US Postal Service or Fedex would hear a human inside the box .. let alone the days or weeks in transit, they would need food and water and a pretty positive bathroom, you can’t just order a human like that, but it’s always sketching that they’re $ 10,000 + ”
They tweeted in response to another person saying, “Can someone rich take one for the team and order one.” “
Another person tweeted, “Hi. Just a friendly reminder that #Wayfair is not trending because the belief is that exploited children are shipped in cabinets.
“It’s trendy because cupboards (among other products, such as shower curtains and blankets) can be a facade. Have a nice day. ”
NBC News reported that Ben Collins also rang and slammed conspiracy theory claims.
“The people of Pizzagate / QAnon have a Wayfair trend today. They wrongly claim that the prices on the storage boxes prove that society treats children, ”tweeted Collins.
“It took off because of an article on Reddit’s subreddit r / plot yesterday, which is a clearinghouse for anonymous paranoia. “
What is Pizzagate’s conspiracy theory?
The fictional online conspiracy theory called “Pizzagate” spread online during the unsuccessful presidential race for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
He claims that Clinton and his campaign manager ran a sexual network of children outside the restaurant.
The conspiracy theory was born on 4chan and was based on hacked emails from the Democratic Party and published by Wikileaks.
He said that Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager, John Podesta, were running a children’s sex network at Comet Ping Pong in Washington.
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The owner of the restaurant, James Alefantis, a Democratic Party donor, appears in emails related to the organization of a Democratic fundraiser.
Users of 4chan and Reddit claimed that the words in the emails – such as cheese and pizza – were code for young children and sexual acts.