Is the Georgian PM Planning to Introduce the “Labour Police”?

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Reading Time: 2 minutes


On November 22nd, the Facebook user Tedo Abashidze published a screenshot of the online publication The screenshot that is accompanied by the logo of shows a photo of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, with the Soviet Union flag in the background. The following headline accompanies the post: “Labor Police will be set up to ban idle people from wandering outside during working hours!”

On November 24th, a similar photo was published without the logo by the Facebook page “Europe.”"
The disseminated posts are satirical. In fact, Irakli Garibashvili did not announce the creation of the “labour police.” The satire concerned his initiative of coming up with a “new social vision”. Sharing the screenshot with the visual details of creates the impression that such an initiative is authentic.

The information that Garibashvili plans to create the “Labor Police” is satirical and is related to the initiative voiced by the PM at the government assembly. The initiative aims to motivate citizens on social welfare to engage in labour and create jobs. On November 22nd, Garibashvili announced that a new program would be presented in a few weeks to offer jobs to citizens instead of social assistance. Garibashvili also noted that under the existing social policy, citizens have become accustomed to “unemployment, inactivity and poverty”, which should be changed to motivate citizens on social welfare.

Tedo Abashidze’s post used the visual of the news portal, creating the impression that a similar initiative was covered by the media and hence it is accurate. However, It should be noted that the design in the fake screenshot is slightly different from the actual

In fact, both posts are satirical since such information can neither be found or other media websites. However, some social media users perceived the information as authentic, which can be observed in the post’s comments section. Some of them even evaluated the “initiative” positively.


Tedo Abashidze has been suspected of spreading disinformation in the past as well. See the articles of “Myth Detector:”

The article has been written in the framework of Facebook’s fact-checking program. You can read more about the restrictions that Facebook may impose based on this article via this link. You can find information about appealing or editing our assessment via this link.

Read detailed instructions for editing the article.
Read detailed appeal instructions.

Topic: Politics
Violation: Satire

Last News

Welcome Back!

Login to your account below

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.

Add New Playlist