The claim: The World Economic Forum tweeted about President Klaus Schwab saying eating meat and owning property is unsustainable
The World Economic Forum, an international nonprofit and lobbying organization, launched an initiative called “Great Reset” in June 2020 to help combat societal changes due to COVID-19. Since then, he has become a target for conspiracy theories online.
An April 1 Instagram post purports to show a screenshot of a tweet from the World Economic Forum that allegedly quotes the organization’s founder.
“As humanity moves towards a post-carbon future, people need to accept that things like eating meat and owning property are (sic) simply unsustainable, says Klaus Schwab,” the alleged tweet read. March 24.
The Instagram post generated over 7,000 likes in less than a week. Similar posts racked up hundreds of interactions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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But the image of the alleged tweet is changed – USA TODAY found no evidence that the tweet in the post exists. As reported by independent fact-checking organizations, the allegation is linked to the “Great Reset” conspiracy theory, which baselessly claims that elites are using the COVID-19 pandemic to create a tyrannical world government.
USA TODAY has reached out to the social media user who shared the claim for comment.
The tweet is fake
USA TODAY couldn’t find the alleged World Economic Forum tweet Official Twitter. No archived version of the tweet either exists.
Agence France-Presse photographer Ye Aung Thu captured Schwab’s image in the September 11, 2018 post. Schwab spoke on behalf of the World Economic Forum at the Association of European Nations summit. Southeast Asia in Hanoi, Vietnam.
None of the articles about the summit on the World Economic Forum’s website refer to Schwab’s alleged statement. The declaration does not appear in Schwab’s tweetsneither do the organization’s press releases or interviews with the founder.
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The World Economic Forum has highlighted the importance of eating less meat to reduce carbon emissions on his Twitter account and on its website. But the organization does not have “a stated goal of removing private property from everyone by 2030”, according to Reuters.
Many false allegations about Schwab have surfaced on social media, including baseless claims of a “triple COVID” diagnosis and an arrest in Switzerland for crimes related to the pandemic.
USA TODAY has contacted the World Economic Forum for comment.
Our opinion: Modified
Based on our research, we’re rating ALTERED a screenshot of a tweet that purports to quote Schwab saying that eating meat and owning property isn’t sustainable. There is no evidence that the alleged tweet in the post exists.
Our fact-checking sources:
- World Economic Forum, accessed April 5 Twitter
- Full fact, April 1, WEF didn’t say land ownership would become ‘unsustainable’
- Getty Images, September 11, 2018, VIETNAM-DIPLOMACY-SUMMIT-WEF
- World Economic Forum, Accessed April 5, About
- World Economic Forum, accessed April 6, World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018
- World Economic Forum, March 25, Here’s a simple way to convince people to eat less meat
- Reuters, February 25, 2021, Fact check: The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal that people will own nothing by 2030
- World Economic Forum, Accessed April 6, Press Releases
- Reuters, March 24, Fact Check-No Evidence Klaus Schwab Has ‘Triple COVID’
- Complete fact, November 24, 2021, WEF founder Klaus Schwab has not been arrested
- Klaus Schwab, accessed March 6 Twitter
- World Economic Forum, September 29, 2017, interview with Professor Klaus Schwab
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