Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday warned that the World Economic Forum is “becoming an unelected world government” as hundreds of world leaders gather for its annual meeting in the Swiss resort town of Davos.
More than 2,700 leaders, including 52 heads of state, are spending this week at the Davos meeting, where they’ll discuss ways to manage the global system. The coordination of the global elite through the WEF has sometimes invited suspicion and conspiracy theories.
Musk stoked some of those suspicions in a tweet Wednesday morning, replying to a clip of WEF members discussing its “Global Collaboration Village” metaverse project.
“WEF is increasingly becoming an unelected world government that the people never asked for and don’t want,” he tweeted.
In the clip, WEF founder Klaus Schwab says “the technology can be trusted” because Interpol, the international police organization, is involved in running it. WEF’s website describes the project as “the first global, purpose-driven metaverse platform.”
Amid the WEF’s meeting this week, Musk has alternated between being skeptical of the organization and being skeptical of its critics.
The day before the meeting kicked off, he tweeted, “I guess there’s value to having a mixed government & commercial forum of some kind. WEF does kinda give me the willies though, but I’m sure everything is fine,” adding an eyeballs emoji.
Then after Schwab’s opening speech on Monday, Musk seized on his use of the phrase “master the future” to raise questions about the organization’s influence.
“‘Master the Future’ doesn’t sound ominous at all,” Musk said, with an eye-rolling emoji. “How is WEF/Davos even a thing? Are they trying to be the boss of the Earth!?”
Later that night, he tweeted, “We shouldn’t be obsessed with WEF/Davos, but they take themselves sooo seriously that making fun of them is awesome,” with a sunglasses emoji.