An Edinburgh branch of Marks & Spencer has been questioned after a pack of ‘anti-vax’ newspapers was seen in their store.
A pile of ‘The Light’ newspapers was recently displayed at the Fort Kinnaird store, with someone taking a video and tweeting it to the company on Twitter, demanding answers.
However, it looks like the newspapers were thrown away by someone unbeknownst to the supermarket.
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The Light markets itself as a ‘truth paper’ and has been at the center of controversy over its views on Covid restrictions, among other things.
In 2020, The Guardian reported that the publication’s editor had sold 9/11 conspiracy merchandise and anti-vaccination t-shirts.
The newspaper has, during the pandemic, encouraged people to ignore laws surrounding face coverings and tried to convince members of the public that Covid is a hoax.
It has also been reported that the publication recruits writers via Twitter and Facebook.
A shocked M&S customer this week was incredibly surprised to see several copies of the newspaper, among other things, in this particular section.
They took to Twitter saying: “Hello Marks and Spencer, any reason why this conspiratorial anti-vax newspaper is being distributed in your stores? Here Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh. Pay attention people, the bad actors of The Light Paper are here .”
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M&S responded to the tweet saying it had been forwarded to their store management for review.
Since then it has become apparent that the most likely cause was someone throwing away copies of the newspaper without the store noticing, as the supermarket confirmed it was not a publication he was storing.
The sheaf of papers is also seen in a dedicated case for a separate paper, making it likely that they were placed there by a client.
Shaun, the customer who noticed the logs, added another comment about it, while acknowledging that they were more than likely dumped by someone spreading such propaganda.
He added: “I had no idea what The Light was, but after a few seconds of reading the front page, it was very clearly an anti-vaccine, extreme conspiratorial publication. I don’t I have no idea who is funding this stuff or who is distributing it, but seeing them on M&S shelves gives them credibility with the public who don’t know.
“I had a pretty good idea that a bad actor had put them there unbeknownst to M&S, so I informed the store manager, who immediately removed them. However, when I left the store, I ‘ve seen more copies in front of other well-established papers so their distributor was obviously there too.
“We live in an age of misinformation and fake news, and we must remain vigilant to prevent the unwitting public from being inadvertently propagated. I know this will not have been M&S’s fault, but I think that all information sellers should remain vigilant.”
A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer confirmed that this was not a post they were stocking. They added: “We confirm that this is not an M&S stored post. Any unsolicited material like this will always be deleted when it comes to our attention.”