In a conspiracy theory shared on social media, a passenger was connected to the World Economic Forum.
He was referring to Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, two of the submersible’s five passengers.
The man showed a screenshot of a page about Shahzada Dawood on the World Economic Forum website.
“All right, all right. He’s a member of the World Economic Forum. He is also the World Economic Forum’s vice chairman. “What is the significance of him being stranded at sea and seeing the Titanic?” the guy wondered.
The post was highlighted as part of Meta’s attempts to combat disinformation and misleading news on its News Feed. (Learn more about our collaboration with Meta, the company that controls Facebook and Instagram.) It was made public before the United States Coast Guard verified on June 22 that the people aboard the submersible had perished.
According to the website, Dawood is the vice chairman of Engro Corp., a Pakistani holding firm involved in the fertiliser, food, energy, and liquefied gas industries.
He is not on the World Economic Forum’s list of leaders.