A new website, Lahadam.co.il, monitors politicians' use of their Faceboook accounts – a method of communicating with the masses that is in vogue among politicians worldwide, even in repressive regimes like Iran, where Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani regularly make use of social media despite banning Iranian citizens from using it themselves.
Website creators Yonatan Ronen, a social media researcher at NYU, and Ella Bahari, a web developer, told the Mako website that they got the idea from a Dutch website that monitors politicians' Twitter acivity.
Bahari explained that they “wrote a code that follows [politicians'] activity and sees when they delete posts and when they edit them.”
The numbers for the past month show Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett leading the pack with the most statuses: 274, meaning that he wrote more than nine posts per day. He is also prone to editing his posts, and has done so in over 120 cases since January 1, 2015.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the leader of the “posts deleted” category, with over 20 posts deleted since the year 2015 began. Netanyahu has deleted about 1 in 10 of his posts, and Labor head Yitzhak Herzog has edited more than a third of his posts.