A tale of missing tales: How COLLIVE undermines a search and rescue by being stupid and irresponsible.
1BigCholent present all three versions of the missing French twin as published on COLLIVE.
1) They weren’t getting any inside information on the story so decided to make their own up.
2) This was an opportunity for them to try to build up resentment towards crownheights.info, which was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do.
Let’s review some of the comment on COLLIVE.COM to prove our point.
why am i not surprised that some websites love to create panic whenever it has to do with crime and violence
(8/20/2012 7:28:21 PM)
13B”H we love u 2!!
lets not judge the tabloid sites, they too need to put food on the table!16i love this website
ty for being non sensationalist & responsible
(8/20/2012 8:16:06 PM)25!!!!
THE REAL INFO IS THAT HE NEVER WENT MISSING!!!
WE ARE ALL GETTING A GOOD LAUGH OUT OFF THIS BECAUSE HE IS EATING SUPPER AT MY HOUSE!!!!!
NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE REPORTING LOST DOGS AND CATS!!!!
(8/20/2012 9:38:19 PM)
The response to all this:
14. Shmuel & Yaakov wrote:
I would like to start off by saying I did not write this Op-Ed, however I would
like to add onto it. On Monday, after preliminary actions were taken and it
was concluded that a search for a missing person would be on the way, it
was suggested that media should be used as a tool to help gather
information in hopes of locating the missing person. It was decided that since
we live in a society where most people receive their news from social media
as opposed to other news outlets, the CrownHeights Shomrim Facebook fan
page should be used as a method of reaching out to the public. We posted
updates on the fan page as soon as available in order to keep the information
as current as possible. As the search progressed, media outlets,
organizations, and agencies such as CH.info, Kol Mevaser, Lakwood
Shomrim (amongst others), Lubavitch World Wide, Homeland Security and
others somehow obtained my partner Yaakov Laine’s cellphone number as
well as mine. We gave interviews and advised and how they can help the
search. At no point did any individual from COLlive reach me or Yanky to
obtain or confirm the information published on their website. The nonsense
written on COLlive was unsupported fiction which created a great confusion
between the search volunteers, Shomrim organization, other media outlets,
and the public. It is extremely important to verify information before releasing
it to the public. I hope COLlive learns a lesson from this and improves their
news gathering before reporting for the future.
Shmuel Gajer & Yaakov Laine, Volunteers
August 21 2012 – 21:58 –