So how did the theory go from an obscure 4Chan thread in March to a trending Twitter topic covered by most major media outlets in November?
The conspiracy first moved from 4Chan onto Reddit’s r/The_Donald a month ago, and this is the key to its mainstream success.
Take, for instance, the case of the fake Starbucks ad created by 4chan users for the purpose of trolling and exploiting immigrants.4Chan, an anonymous online forum, has never been free from controversy.” said one 4chan user, suggesting the plot to trick immigrants. The ad was used to target “Dreamers,” or people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in hopes of “getting ICE involved,” as one user replied.“Announce free coffee for all illegals on a certain date. Starbucks was quick to shut down the hoax, telling their Twitter followers, “this is completely false. Besides, in addition to all of your favourite models, you will find thousands of new girls who look forward to meeting you!You can log in to your account using your valid username and password.