Did the World Economic Forum (WEF) issue an order directing the public to bathe once weekly or less as part of an effort to combat climate change and save the planet? No, that's not true: There is no credible evidence that WEF has issued such an order, nor does it have the authority to do so. The site that the claim appeared on is known for publishing fake stories and hoaxes.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is now urging the public to shower less than once a week in the interests of combatting 'climate change.'
Here's how the NewsPunch story appeared on the day of writing:
(Source: NewsPunch screenshot taken Sat Dec 31 at 18:10:33 2022 UTC)
The claim lacks any sourcing to official information, reports, statements or press releases from WEF or its leadership.
Reporting by Lead Stories could find no credible reporting on a WEF bathing order via Google search or a review of the WEF's official web page, including a search of its annual and topic area reports.
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken Sat Dec 31 at 19:43:09 2022 UTC)
The World Economic Forum is an international nonprofit foundation that works with global leaders in politics, business and industry to address a range of societal challenges, including global economics, climate change and health care. WEF study groups annually issue reports on their areas of focus, along with recommendation for action. However, WEF is a nongovernmental organization and doesn't have the authority to issue public orders, such a bathing directive.
NewsPunch (formerly YourNewsWire) has published hoaxes and fake news articles in the past so anything they write or publish should be taken with a large grain of salt. Their Facebook page, "The People's Voice" even lost its verification checkmark according to a 2018 report from Media Matters For America.
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