Do viral photos show World Economic Forum founder Klaus Swab walking in public in tights, garter and what appears to be a woman's swimsuit? No, that's not true: Images in a social media post appear to show a Florida resident. Klaus Schwab lives in Switzerland.
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In the video, a woman continued:
I'm going to show you a picture of who the sockboy looks up to: Klaus, Klaus Schwab. Here is the picture of that darling.
This is what it looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:
(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thu Feb 8 18:23:22 2024 UTC)
The composite image in the frame showed an authentic headshot photo of the World Economic Forum's founder in the middle, surrounded by two other images of a man in tights, garter and swimsuit. The text below the collage, originally written in Russian, said, as translated by DeepL:
In the photo is the chief propagandist for the New World Order and the Reset, Klaus Schwab. It is he who is responsible for coordinating lockdowns and the destruction of businesses. Klaus Schwab is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
But a reverse image search showed that both photos of the unidentified man predated the pandemic.
The TinEye reverse image search tool found the earliest available version of the image of the purple swimsuit picture in a post published on a Polish-language forum in 2019:
(Source: TinEye screenshot taken on Thu Feb 8 15:31:09 2024 UTC)
The earliest version of the second image was found on a Greek-language website. It was published in the summer of 2021. The post didn't say anything about Schwab, but the first anonymous comment alleged it was him.
A reverse image search also showed similar pictures -- for example, of a tanned man of a similar age wearing nothing but a piece of fabric covering his genitals, a white hat and dark sunglasses. Additionally, Lead Stories discovered a 2016 video of a similar-looking person walking the streets in tights, garter and swimsuit.
Utilizing a paid facial recognition tool, Lead Stories found more images of that person:
(Source: PimEye screenshot taken on Thu Feb 8 16:43:45 2024 UTC)
A further search for the photo with a light green hat produced a match: The same image (archived here) was posted in one of the Florida groups on Facebook titled Only in Key West. In the comment section, the majority of the people recognized the man as a local known in the 2010s for his sensational outfits. Some locals posted their snapshots featuring the man, adding that his name was Max (for example, here).
Lead Stories also found a Facebook profile of a user named "Max Schwab." It contained similar semi-naked pictures taken in Key West.
Other Lead Stories fact checks on claims concerning Klaus Schwab can be found here.