Is Betty White's Twitter Account a Hoax?

Betty White caused a social media stir when she started using Twitter earlier this week at the age of 90. In fact, her second post was a flirty message to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

"Hey @RyanSeacrest my new show airs tomorrow and I hear we're in the same time slot. I've always dreamed of sharing a night with you..." she twittered on Tuesday, April 10.

But by Wednesday morning, it seemed White's verified Twitter account, @BettyMWhite -- which uses the tag line: The Official Twitter Page of Betty White -- didn't necessarily belong to America's favorite nonagenarian comedian after all.

According to White's Hot in Cleveland costar Valerine Bertinelli, Betty was not in charge of her "official" account. So how did Twitter verify it as belonging to the iconic celeb?

"Just spoke with Betty and she is VERY upset!" wrote Bertinelli. "@BettyMWhite is NOT her. Don't know how they got verified, but it is not Betty. Please RT!"

As fans began re-tweeting Bertinelli's message, White's reps were contacted, and it sounds like her people were behind the account -- but the actress had no idea it existed.

"Stop the presses!" Bertinelli wrote. "Betty just got a call. An account was opened on her behalf by her people. More to come..."

The "more" turned into a retraction by Bertinelli: "It's all a misunderstanding," wrote Bertinelli. "@BettyMWhite IS Betty's twitter account! Now follow me back, b----! ;-)"

She added, "I think @BettyMWhite pranked me but good! #blushing."

So was it a prank -- White is a comedy genius -- or did Bertinelli unintentionally out the fact White may not be contributing to her own Twitter account? Either way, how does Ryan Seacrest feel about Betty's Twitter crush?

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