Unfounded conspiracy theory accuses Wayfair of bonkers, Pizzagate-level trafficking ring
It wasn’t totally odd, at face value, that furniture site Wayfair was trending on Twitter on Friday. Maybe the retailer was having a giant sale?
Unfortunately, Wayfair elbowed its way into the trending column with tens of thousands of tweets because of a much stranger situation.
It boils down to this: Conspiracy theorists were purporting that the site — or third-party sellers on the site — were secretly part of a child trafficking ring. This theory appears to have started, as many do, on Reddit’s r/conspiracy subreddit.
Before we proceed, there is no hard evidence to support that this far-fetched theory is even remotely true. Also, child trafficking is a horrific crime and conspiracy theories like this one turn a dangerous issue into a joke, distracting from the real reasons child trafficking flourishes. Read more…