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A hoax about an online furniture store and child sex trafficking made its way to social media feeds with the help of groups dedicated to pushing debunked conspiracy theories from the 2016 election.
The viral rumors go like this:
Wayfair.com, a website that sells home goods and furniture, listed several cabinets, pillows and other items for thousands of dollars. Some of those items had names that purportedly matched reports of missing children from around the country, such as Neriah, Samiyah and Yeritza.
Tens of thousands of social media users pieced those observations together with cell phone screenshots, red circles and lots of question marks to accuse Wayfair of selling and shipping children to pedophiles.
"Anons may have busted a human trafficking ring from a seller on WayFair. Selling $10K cabinets that are worth $200 with names of missing children," wrote one Facebook page.
"@Wayfair needs to be closely examined by @FBI," one Twitter user said.
"When will the mainstream media talk about WayFair trafficking?" asked an Instagram account dedicated to the conspiracy theory.
Some of the posts, which were shared by a mix of anti-vaccine pages, conspiratorial groups and everyday social media users, were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook, which owns Instagram.)
(Screenshot from Facebook)
Posts linking Wayfair to child sex trafficking have been shared hundreds of thousands of times over the past week, according to CrowdTangle, an audience metrics tool. The rumors have been particularly popular on Instagram, where they have amassed more than 1.4 million interactions. Lifestyle influencers have floated the conspiracy theory to their tens of thousands of followers and teenagers on TikTok are making videos about it.
But how did this conspiracy theory take off in the first place — and how do we know it’s wrong? PolitiFact investigated.
The idea started on Twitter and Reddit before spreading to Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts. The same communities post about QAnon and Pizzagate, which involve more baseless claims about sex trafficking.
"The panic around widespread and prevalent sex trafficking by certain groups (sometimes the rich and politically powerful, sometimes members of certain religions) has been around for a very long time," said Mark Fenster, a law professor at the University of Florida and a conspiracy theory expert.
Wayfair not involved in sex trafficking
There is no evidence that Wayfair is selling children through its website.
Let’s review some of the evidence that the social media posts in question provide.
No. 1: Some names of pricey items on the company’s website match those of children reported as missing across the country. Could that mean something bigger is going on?
No, it’s a coincidence. Many businesses, such as IKEA, give human names to products. And most of the children cited in social media posts about Wayfair have been found.
For example, social media users have claimed that Yaritza Castro, Samara Duplessis, Cameron Dziedzic, Mary Durrett, Kylah Coleman and Samiyah Mumin are all allegedly missing and connected to Wayfair. Mediawise (another fact-checking organization based at the Poynter Institute) looked into each case and found that one of those children remains missing. There is no evidence that any of them were trafficked by Wayfair.
Other product screenshots get the prices wrong. One Twitter user posted an image of a lumbar pillow from Ellen DeGeneres’ Wayfair collection that the user said sells for more than $10,000. The actual listing says it costs $99.
So why are some of Wayfair’s products, like cabinets, listed for thousands of dollars? (Wayfair is not a luxury goods site.) The answer has to do with Wayfair’s structure as a company, the kinds of products that get listed and how things are priced on the internet.
Wayfair sells more than 14 million products across five websites, Vox reported last year. It does not manufacture any of the products it sells. Instead, each time a customer places an order on its website, Wayfair orders the item from one of its 11,000 suppliers.
Some of those suppliers sell expensive items like industrial-grade cabinets, whichretail for thousands of dollars on similar websites, such as Amazon. Fortune magazine reported that items from online retailers sometimes have high price tags because of algorithms or placeholder pricing from third-party suppliers.
That’s not the case with the Wayfair cabinets, though.
The brand name cited in many of the social media posts is "WFX Utility," a trademark that Wayfair owns, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. John Costello, a corporate communications manager for Wayfair, said the company temporarily removed listings for WFX Utility cabinets so it could work with its supplier to create better explanations for those products.
"The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced," Costello said. "Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we temporarily removed the products from (the) site to rename them and provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point."
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Another major component of the Wayfair conspiracy theory claimsthat the stock-keeping unit (SKU) numbers for the cabinets correspond to images of children on Yandex, a Russian search engine.
However, Newsweek found that entering a series of random numbers yielded the same result. Additionally, "none of the SKU searches return images of a single child, which would seem to run counter to the implication that the Wayfair SKUs secretly provide data regarding the specific child to be purchased," the publication wrote.
Finally, some social media users interpreted Wayfair’s name as a compound of "waif" and "fare" — an allusion to a child sex trafficking operation. But Fortune reported last year that the company’s name has no specific meaning.
"There’s no real origin story with the Wayfair name. They paid a branding firm a bunch of money," the magazine wrote.
Rumors get boost from conspiracy groups
At 4:03 p.m. on July 8, Augusta Renee Wood tweeted four screenshots of storage cabinets.
"@Wayfair WTF is this??!!! You cannot tell me this isn’t child #sextrafficking. The same $500 cabinet posted over and over again with different little girl names for $15,000?!!! Is this how they’re getting the platform to BUY children in 2020??!! EXPLAIN!!" she wrote.
The post appears to be the first time that someone mentioned a connection between Wayfair and child sex trafficking. It got very little engagement, so Wood tweeted again nearly 20 minutes later.
That post was retweeted more than 430 times.
(Screenshot from Twitter)
"I have 100 followers.. I had no idea it would blow up," Wood told PolitiFact in a message. "I’m glad it did..I’m not a conspiracy theorist but you can’t ignore how the internet broke overnight with all this information and by 10 am the next day the file cabinets were gone."
"This just has to be deeper than overly expensive file cabinets."
A Reddit user named PrincessPeach1987 agreed. At 9:04 a.m. on July 9, she posted a thread to /r/conspiracy, a subreddit dedicated to conspiracy theories.
"Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets?" PrincessPeach1987 wrote.
The thread, which included screenshots of four cabinets listed for more than $12,000 on Wayfair’s website, received more than 5,000 upvotes (Reddit’s version of likes). Severalnewsoutlets cited it as the source of the conspiracy theory that would later spread to every major social media platform.
By July 10, posts linking Wayfair to sex trafficking hit a peak on Facebook, where they received more than 100,000 likes, shares and comments, according to CrowdTangle. Google searches for the company peaked the next day, according to Google Trends, as did Instagram posts questioning the trafficking link.
In the two days between Woods’ tweet and the explosion of Facebook posts, groups known to peddle misinformation helped amplify the Wayfair conspiracy theory into the mainstream.
One of the earliest and most popular Facebook posts was published by an anti-vaccine page on the evening of July 9. It included #Wayfair with an image of a child bound with rope, which was shared more than 40,000 times.
Other early mentions were shared in Facebookgroups for residents in places like Moreno Valley, Calif., and Branch County, Mich.
The July 10 Facebook post mentioning "anons" was published by a page for believers of QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy theory that in part alleges President Donald Trump and former special counsel Robert Mueller are working together to arrest child molesting elites. Other posts from QAnon pages, which have since been deleted, helped spread the theory to thousands of additional Facebook users.
(Screenshot from Instagram)
But Wayfair rumors found a larger audience on Instagram, where QAnon accounts, anti-vaxxers and influencerswith a history of publishing misinformation posted more screenshots of Wayfair cabinets juxtaposed with missing children reports. Since July 9, those posts have received more than 1.4 million interactions, according to CrowdTangle.
QAnon has been steadily gaining followers in the lead-up to the presidential election — and it’s rooted in one of the most notorious incidents from the 2016 campaign, Pizzagate.
Wayfair conspiracy theory borne of 2016 hoax
To some experts, it wasn’t surprising to see the Wayfair rumors take off on social media. Allegations about child sex trafficking have been amplified before by followers of QAnon, and Pizzagate before that.
The main message of QAnon, which takes its name from a 4chan user named "Q" — a reference to a security clearance needed for high-level government information — is unclear. But many followers believe in "The Storm," which is when they claim Trump and Mueller will start arresting former presidents and other members of the "Deep state" for their involvement in pedophile rings, among other offenses.
The Pizzagate conspiracy theory emerged during the 2016 campaign after WikiLeaks released emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Some fringe internet users noticed that Podesta had communicated with the owner of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., to discuss a potential fundraiser. They claimed that Podesta’s use of the word "pizza" was a code word for pedophilia and that Comet Ping Pong was holding children hostage for Clinton and her allies to abuse.
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In December 2016, a North Carolina man entered the pizzeria with an assault rifle to "self-investigate" the claims. The man fired his rifle inside the restaurant before he surrendered, with no reported injuries.
"Pizzagate predated QAnon, and the latter adapted Pizzagate’s obsession with the Clintons’ (and their circle’s) alleged evil, which included (among other things) sexual predation," said Fenster of UF. "Pizzagate originated in decentralized online forums, something else QAnon has continued and which have become the most important way by which such theories circulate."
Several versions of the Wayfair conspiracy theory bubbledup in groups dedicated to Pizzagate and QAnon. And over the past few months, sex trafficking conspiracy theories have continued to gain traction and accrue followers online — particularly among young people on TikTok and Instagram.
The reason why is a mix of fears about the abuse of children and the perception of online retailers as greedy, according to Fenster.
"That, coupled with both the deep partisan politicization of everything these days and the ability to allege and circulate rumors online, make these kinds of claims appear at least superficially credible and make them easier to distribute and gain attention," he said.
Wayfair Child Trafficking Conspiracy has begun with a post by Redditor, PrincessPeach who shared screenshots of an American furniture retailer, Wayfair. The pictures show that some storage cabinets and pillows were listed at over price and prefixed with unusual names.
The post has picked up over 1,000 upvotes in a time of more than 24 hours on Reddit. The screenshot below clearly shows Neriah Storage Cabinet, Yaritaza Storage Cabinet, Samiyah 5-Shelf Storage cabinet, Alyvia Storage Cabinet, and all of them are highly-priced for more than $12,000.
Some Twitter users pointed out that the name prefixed on the cabinet are the ones who are missing.
The conspiracy theory says that the names like “Neriah” could possibly be the placeholders that are being used by human traffickers. As per the screenshots, these products have been sold by WFX Utility and strange thing is that people discovered, all of these have female names.
Wayfair Child Trafficking Conspiracy Theory
A tweet by @edmmariluna received 73k+ retweets and 177k+ likes who shared shocking pictures of news headlines like “U.S. Loses Track of Another 1500 Migrant Children”.
Other unusual things that are observed on Wayfair are other products like pillows and shower curtains which are listed at a whopping price of $9,990 from another seller, Bungalow Rose.
In the end, if anyone heads to the Yandex Russian search engine and searches the SKU codes of the items discussed above will bring the prepubescent girls images in the search results. A Redditor shared that this search should be done in the “us scr [WAYFAIR SKU]” format.
However, if someone tries any random number of combinations of it instead of SKU code then one can observe similar kinds of images.
Update: Wayfair has denied the accusations this Friday. The company said that the products are priced at industry standards. A spokeswoman told Fox in an email, “There is, of course, no truth to these claims. The products in question are industry-grade cabinets that are accurately priced.”
Wayfair has temporarily removed the products from their online portal to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that rightfully depict and justify the high prices, the spokeswoman confirmed in the same email.
Is it a stunt to cover their human-trafficking business front? Why did they remove the products? Their actions give way to new Wayfair conspiracy theories. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section.
Note: the story is being developed, so, stay tuned with TheCourierDaily (TCD!) for more news.
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