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World Economic Forum did not tweet ‘internet must be reformed’

March 29, 2022 GMT

CLAIM: The World Economic Forum tweeted that the “internet must be reformed” as part of the “next step for the Great Reset.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no record of the WEF posting such a tweet, and a representative said it was “categorically fake.”

THE FACTS: An image of a tweet made to appear it was posted by the WEF has circulated on social media in recent days, suggesting the WEF is calling for changing the internet.

“The internet must be reformed, there is too much misinformation out there. This will be the next step for the Great Reset, says Klaus Schawb,” reads the purported tweet, dated March 22. The image misspelled the last name of WEF executive chairman Klaus Schwab.

But there is no record of the WEF ever tweeting that statement.

“This is categorically fake and another blatant attempt by pushers of fake news to discredit the World Economic Forum and spread misinformation,” a WEF representative, Amanda Russo, said in an email.

The WEF is a Geneva-based organization that works to bring together public and private leaders to address issues, and is known for an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The Great Reset is a broad proposal advanced by the WEF since 2020 to reimagine social and economic systems. But the idea has fueled conspiracy theories online.


This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.