Betty White Died or Dyed? Check your facts before sharing!

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Betty White Died or Dyed? Check your facts before sharing!

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Betty white dies or dyedBetty White Died or Dyed? Check your facts before sharing! It seems that we still have not learned to check our facts before squealing all over the internet things that aren’t true.

People that didn’t read the whole article in Empire News -and misread the word “dyes” have been sharing on social media sites that Betty White has died.  And this of course has started a landslide of tweets, posts and messages that the poor Betty White Ludden, actress, comedian and singer, of Golden Girls fame has died.  When all the article talked about was how Betty Dyes her hair in her own home.

The article was published last night with the headline

Actress Betty White 92 “dyes” Peacefully in Her Los Angeles Home.

It seems that this article proves what we have known for a long time, that – people don’t read any more.   People read the headline and thats it, and on this occasion either they don’t know the difference between dies and dyes, or they just assumed it was a typo. So they just launched over to their chosen networking site stating OMG Betty White Died #RIP  While people are saying this was a hoax, to me it proves the power of headlines, you can write about anything you like in your blog post as long as you have a good headline, because people do not have the attention span or the time or can be bothered to READ! I do not like these tactics that Empire have used here *poor Betty* it was a mean trick and I’m sure it shocked some people – but it sure has got the world talking about them and no doubt many many views to their website, (maybe) so its a win for them.

Check your facts before sharing

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – when you read something on the internet, don’t always believe it – just go to Google and double check your facts before sharing to the world – as it could be your fault that another 100 or so people are then sharing YOUR false message, and so it goes on and on.   I wonder will we ever learn to do this.

A selection of tweets still proclaiming that Betty White died.

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It only takes a quick google to see this on Snopes who say it was a hoax, it wasn’t even a hoax they didn’t actually say she died. Empire news is a satirical website.   Snopes say that Betty White is still alive and kicking and that yes she does dye her hair at home.

Please check your facts before sharing.



By | 2017-02-08T01:18:52+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Categories: Social Media|3 Comments

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  • Crafty Frugal Mom

    I completely agree people should do their research. I was shocked when I heard of Robin Williams dying, except In his case his death was real, but I still had to verify with multiple sources before I discussed it with people. I would, however, venture a guess that the post you refer to was written with a headline like that on purpose just to get attention. I mean, Actress Betty White, 92, dyes peacefully in her own home? Yeah, that screams attention to me. I of course know the difference between dies and dyes, but I think they were using that on ppurpose for the attention. Personally, I would not read sites that try to take advantage of people like this either though.

    • Thanks for your comments Crafty – yes of course it was headline bait but as I said I do not condone this practice but on the same hand people must learn to check their sources, this is a well know satire site, and people that didn’t read the post shared that she had died …… read or check is all we ask.

    • Thanks for your comment – I agree, sorry I’m not sure why I missed this !

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