Shimon Peres declared the young generation should use facebook to fight anti Semitism by leveraging their network and new generations of communication tools. Great. I can only support that specially coming from the president of Israel. except one detail
It did not really work for me. A few months ago, i spotted anti semitic groups on Facebook. I talked about it and notified both Facebook and the host of the application (agape). Those groups are still here today (example here). Do a search on this app with "israel" and screen the results...
The problem is that Social Networks are the new spots for hate spreading too. And fighting that requires more than asking users to act. It requires laws and governments's involvement to work with those new spaces of expression to fight hate. It requires also a strong moderation policy from the Social Network operators which is not really working from my own experience (specially hard with those 3rd party apps).
Did i try enough? maybe not. But i did and honestly with a good moderation system this should have been of the shelf within a day.
I hope all those hate groups and activities will disappear one day. But i am not that confident on the goodness of the human being.
Shimon Peres invited Mark Zuckerberg to Israel for next year. I hope they will use this opportunity to discuss further that problem because i doubt it will be solved by then
ps: just discovered that Peres has a blog