As we’ve seen a number of times already, deniers gave gotten a lot of mileage out of not understanding how the Internet works. The net result of this ignorance is usually a claim that a website memorializing one (if not all) of the Sandy Hook victims appeared either before or too soon after December 14th, 2012. An ugly variation of this claim incorrectly states that The Avielle Richman Foundation – named for one of the child victims and established by her parents – was founded on the day of the shooting. It makes an appearance in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”, courtesy of the very anti-Semitic Nick Kollerstrom in Appendix B:
“There is evidence of false identity. Sandy Hook appears to have been a virtual-reality event, which set up huge revenue streams of income for certain Newtown residents. Thus ‘Avielle Rose Richman’, for example, seems to have been Lenie Urbina, whose parents Curtis and Richmond Urbina are both directly associated with the Newtown area synagogue. They seem to have loaned their daughter—or at least a picture of her—for this event: the alleged-parents Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were thereby able to establish the ‘Avielle Foundation’ and its smart website on 14 December 2012, the very day of the ‘shooting.’ This aimed to raise $5m in the first year.” pg. 242
This dude has seriously lost his damn mind. But he’s not the only one as the accusation has also appeared on Maria Hsia Chang’s wretched “Fellowship of the Minds”:
As seen in the screenshot above, this bit of misinformation comes from The Avielle Foundation’s Facebook page, which lists its “Start Date” as December 14th, 2012. That’s it. That’s their proof. This is, as one should expect when dealing with this group, incomprehensibly poor “research”. For starters, if you willing to spend just a few minutes clicking and scrolling, you’ll see that their very first post is from March 11th, 2013:
We can reasonably assume that this is the day the page was created. But we no longer need to speculate, because in 2019 (this entry was originally written in April of 2016) Facebook introduced a new feature called “Page Transparency”, which rendered all of my scrolling moot as it confirms that the Avielle Foundation’s page was created on – wait for it – March 11th, 2013:
But what about their website? A quick and easy WHOIS shows that their domain – aviellefoundation.org – was not purchased until on January 16th, 2013:
Domain Name: AVIELLEFOUNDATION.ORG Domain ID: D167614163-LROR WHOIS Server: Referral URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2015-03-12T16:24:53Z Creation Date: 2013-01-16T23:10:42Z
And the earliest it was crawled by James Fetzer’s beloved Archive.org was February 19th, 2013.
Finally, the Avielle Foundation was not granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status until June, 2013. Certainly quite a ways away from December 14th.
So where did the Facebook “Start Date” of December 14th, 2012 even come from, anyway? As is often the case, there’s actually a very simple explanation: Facebook allows anyone with a page to change this date to literally anything they want. I’ll demonstrate how this is done, using the Crisis Actors Guild Facebook page:
1) From your “Page” tab, click on “About”.
Save your changes and you’re done. Maria Hsia Chang of all people should know better since she did the exact same thing on her Facebook page: