- The Facts:Fact-checkers assert that there is no truth to the Wayfair human trafficking allegations, yet they could not possibly know this for a fact. So why are they saying this?
- Reflect On:Is their erroneous labelling of this information as false creating a culture of blind acceptance of ideas with no facts behind them? Sure, Wayfair may be innocent, but an investigation will reveal that, not a fact checker.
You are being told the Wayfair human trafficking allegations are false, there’s only one problem: fact-checkers can’t possibly know that as no investigation has been done. So why are they saying it? advertisement – learn more
What happened: Fact-checkers were quick to arrive on the scene when allegations emerged that Wayfair was trafficking humans through the sale of extremely high priced items. It all began when a Reddit user noticed some industrial cabinets were priced at $10,000+, and had different female names for each.
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“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true,” one Redditor user named PrincessPeach1987 posted.
This erupted into a massive online investigation that returned more products priced over $10,000, also with female names. This included desks, pillows, shower curtains and more. As it began going viral on Facebook, fact-checkers jumped in to quickly debunk the story.
LeadStories, a company we have dealt with many times in the past, was quick to say this wasn’t true. Initially stating “Fact Check: Wayfair is NOT Selling Human Trafficked Children On Their Website With Very Expensive Cabinets” they later updated their title to say “Fact Check: No Evidence Wayfair Is Selling Human Trafficked Children On Their Website With Very Expensive Cabinets”
How did LeadStories perform a full on FBI-like investigation to find out this wasn’t possibly happening? They asked Wayfair. Lead Stories claims: “Wayfair released a statement to Lead Stories on July 10, 2020 after the claim went viral, denying the connection to human trafficking. advertisement – learn more
There is, of course, no truth to these claims. The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”
Snopes was no different, claiming the whole idea is ‘False’, asserting that “The claim that Wayfair is trafficking children is based almost entirely on one person’s confusion over an expensive cabinet. This conspiracy theory, like so many conspiracy theories, started with a wild and unfounded assumption that would be sickening if it were actually true. As of this writing, absolutely no credible evidence has been offered to back up this accusation. “
Their quote there makes it clear they don’t understand the story, have not researched it deeply and don’t understand how investigations work.
It’s like saying “a man was seen running away from a crime scene where someone was just shot. Police asked the man if they shot him, he says no, investigation over.” Did the man shoot him? We don’t know, we should investigate, not simply call the whole story false.
Why it Matters: What I found interesting about this is how quickly a fact-checker was able to debunk such serious allegations where there have literally been no facts to do such a thing. Would someone guilty of serious allegations come out and admit to doing it? If they deny it, do we suddenly believe them? Innocent until proven guilty is one thing, but saying the whole story is false is simply misleading. And that’s what many fact-checkers do. We spoke about yet another story with an emerging “fact-checking” website called ‘The Dispatch”. They tried to claim our article about the COVID-19 being on the threshold of the CDCs ‘epidemic’ status was false. We told the whole story here.
Notice the wording Lead Stories uses. “Hoax Alert” and “No Child Sales”. How do they know this? What investigation did they do outside of believing Wayfair? Is this fact-checking or is this simply reporting on statements from corporations? What does this lead the public to believe? Is the story true? Or is this just another crazy conspiracy theory that no one in mainstream media or fact-checking has actually taken the time to investigate?
The fact is, many people on the internet who are sharp, grounded in their approach and who truly investigate, are better journalists than most mainstream journalists – including fact-checkers.
The reason why all of this is so important to realize is because we are literally being told something is bogus based on no investigation, and this creates a culture that is completely uninformed to what is actually going on. We allow a ministry of truth to shape our perception – not facts.
If we are to truly wake up and create a world where we can thrive, we must learn to be critical in our thinking and snap out of the spell we are under when it comes to mainstream media and fact-checking. We call this process Breaking the Illusion. It’s an important aspect of waking up to a deeper understanding of who we are and how our current human. condition is creating the world around us.
Are fact-checkers truly asking the right questions? Are they truly investigating? Or are they just siding with the unscientific claims of the very people independent media is debunking?
Why are they so keen on debunking everything that seems ‘fringe?’ Should we not allow fringe ideas? Are they not worthy of exploration?
One of the big reasons why this story is so important relates to Jeffrey Epstein and survivors of his actions. They have stated that humans, including teens and children, are trafficked to high profile people including politicians and celebrities. Why would we as a citizenry want to allow this to continue by turning a blind eye and simply saying every allegation of this is false when we can’t possibly know yet?
We have interviewed a number of survivors of elite child trafficking and pedophilia, we highly encourage you to watch Anneke Lucas’ testimony here, as it helps you understand just how Wayfair could actually be involved in doing this.