How the viral Wayfair sex trafficking lie hurt real kids
A QAnon con. An internet mob wanted to rescue a 13-year-old girl. Instead, they terrified her, derailed real trafficking investigations and incited 'save the children' violence. Jessica Contrera investigates what little it takes to create a conspiracy theory and how many people are genuinely affected by the amplification of these beliefs. "Pizzagate was a cautionary tale, showing how online conspiracy theories about sex-trafficked children could lead to real-life violence. But that did nothing to stop more made-up stories from spreading. Instead, QAnon followers, with the assistance of YouTubers like Amazing Polly, used sex trafficking as a tool to gain traction, especially with women."
From The Washington Post