Conspiracy theorists think 99-year-old Betty White died from COVID booster – The Daily Dot

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                                                                                            <span class="dd-article-leadart-image-credit-segment">                                                                                  <a href="">Screengrab via HBODocs/YouTube</a>                                                                             </span>                                                                                                                                             <br>Mikael Thalen<br>Tech<br>                       Published Jan 3, 2022&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Updated Jan 3, 2022, 11:29 am CST                        <br><strong>Welcome to the Monday edition of&nbsp;<em>Internet Insider</em>, dissecting online disinformation—one dumb conspiracy at a time.</strong><br><a href=""><em>Sign up</em></a><em>&nbsp;to receive the Daily Dot’s&nbsp;</em>Internet Insider<em>&nbsp;newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.</em><br>Conspiracy theorists responded to the passing of Hollywood icon Betty White last week by alleging that her death had been caused by the COVID-19 booster.<br>White, a global icon known best for her role on the sitcom&nbsp;<em>Golden Girls</em>, is reported to have&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">passed away</a>&nbsp;in her home on Dec. 31, just 17 days before her 100th birthday.<br>But while much of the world mourned White’s passing, conspiracy theorists were busy looking for evidence that the elderly woman’s death was nefarious in nature.&nbsp;<br>While some QAnon supporters&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">suggested</a>&nbsp;that the incident was a secret signal given that her death came 17 days before her birthday (Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet), one of the most popular conspiracy theories alleged that the COVID booster vaccine was actually to blame.<br>A quote circulating across social media purported to show White telling her fans that she had just been boosted on Dec. 28, three days before her death.<br>“Eat healthy and get all your vaccines,” the quote reads. “I just got boosted today.”<br>The quote was also shared alongside a news article from, where White is alleged to have made the statement.<br><em>This story continues below.</em><br><strong>SPONSORED</strong><br><a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"><strong>Travel the world&nbsp;&nbsp;without leaving your home</strong></a><br>When hopping on a plane isn’t an option, the best way to explore the world is through food.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Try the World</a>&nbsp;is a subscription box that delivers gourmet food, drinks, and snacks from around the world right to your door.&nbsp;<br>Each box comes with a unique assortment of products from all over the globe, along with periodic tips, recipes, and stories so you can maximize your international culinary and cultural experience.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Subscribe today and get a free box!</a><br><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Start Your Journey</a><br>The claim went especially viral on Facebook, where numerous users could be seen advocating for the public to “rise up” against the vaccine.<br>“She had just done an interview and was perfectly healthy and looking forward to her 100th birthday,” one Facebook user said. “Of course no one will ever admit this, but sensible minds know what happened to her.”<br>Others accused the media of engaging in a coverup to hide White’s true cause of death.<br>“Not sure why they are covering it up but Betty White died three days after getting her booster shot!!” another Facebook user said. “Guess the media doesn’t want people to know about that or the other thousands of people that have died from this crap.”<br>Yet a quick glance at the article in which White is alleged to have discussed the booster shows that no such quote was ever made.<br>The quote was merely fabricated and shared alongside posts of the article. Seemingly none of the users sharing and promoting the claim ever stopped to verify the legitimacy of the quote.<br>Although an official cause of death has not been released, police have said that White appears to have passed away due to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">natural causes</a>.&nbsp;<br>White likely won&#8217;t be the last individual to be wrapped up in almost-surely false conspiracy theories regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.<br><strong>DAILY DOT PICKS</strong><br><strong>Now Playing:&nbsp;&#8220;<a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Bibles</a><a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"></a>&#8221; by Jaja Bu&nbsp;</strong><br><br>Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.<br>&#8216;We need it now&#8217;: 24,000 people sign petition urging Congress to pass data privacy law<br>Resurfaced comedy sketch has conspiracy theorists convinced Betty White sacrificed virgins<br>&#8216;Please stop buying beverages from Amazon&#8217;: Warehouse worker urges customers to stop buying groceries from Amazon in viral TikTok<br>&#8216;Holidays left us broke&#8217;: Customer tips with $25 Amazon gift card at restaurant, sparking debate<br>Get the Daily Dot in your inbox<br><br><a href="">source</a>

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