The BBC is debunking a certain conspiracy that is currently plaguing the home goods e-commerce known as Wayfair. According to the news organization, there is a conspiracy theory that suggests the higher-priced items that are sold on the Wayfair website are actually decoys used to traffic children.
The conspiracy reportedly started with the QAnon community. According to CNN, QAnon originally started out as its own conspiracy theory three years ago. However, as the community began to grow, it’s members are said to be part of the Republican party who “claim dozens of politicians and A-list celebrities work in tandem with governments around the globe to engage in child sex abuse. Followers also believe there is a ‘deep state’ effort to annihilate President Donald Trump.”
As the BBC reports, the Wayfair conspiracy started with a single tweet by a well-known activist who took note of the prices Wayfair was selling storage cabinets for. “My Spidey senses are tingling,” the tweet read. “What’s with these ‘storage cabinets?’ Extremely high prices, all listed with girls’ names and identical units selling for different amounts.”
The tweet didn’t initially gain attention when it was posted on June 14 until it was shared on the conspiracy subreddit in July. It was then that QAnon members began making “connections” to actual cases of missing children in the US with the same names as the cabinets were called on Wayfair.
In a statement given to the BBC, Wayfair is now responding to the conspiracy regarding their storage cabinets. “We have temporarily removed the products from our site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”
Wayfair Child Trafficking Conspiracy Theory Debunked
Further, they clarified that their higher-priced storage units are meant for storing a large number of items and are aimed at businesses and companies in need of storage. Wayfair also told the BCC that it “uses an algorithm to name its products” and sometimes the name already comes with the product that is being sold on their website.
And when it comes to the claims that people have seen personalized pillows that cost upwards of $10,000 on Wayfair, well that’s not true, the company states. And if a customer did see a pillow that cost that much money, it was simply a glitch in their system. A glitch that other e-commerce face on occasion as well.
But the conspiracies plaguing Wayfair didn’t stop there. As Newsweek revealed, people were copying and pasting certain SKU codes from Wayfair’s website into the popular Russian search engine Yandex.
The results would yield pictures of girls. However, as it turns out that was a glitch in Yandex’s system, which has now been fixed.
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