Did Paris Hilton *really* post that tweet upon death of Nelson Mandela? Nope

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The big news story around the world is that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and figurehead of the anti-Apartheid movement, has died at the age of 95.

And where do people turn for breaking news stories these days. That’s right, Twitter.

Which is why many people are right now retweeting what appears, at first glance, to be an embarrassing goof by socialite Paris Hilton.

Fake Paris Hilton tweet

If you were to believe Twitter, you would think that Miss Hilton has tweeted the following message, exposing her ignorance:

RIP Nelson Mandela. Your “I Have A Dream” speech was so inspiring. An Amazing man. <3

Would the real Paris Hilton make the mistake of confusing Nelson Mandela with Martin Luther King? I don’t think so.

Although Hilton likes to play up the image that she is a airheaded blonde, I suspect the truth is rather different.

Indeed, I would be surprised if she’s not quite a sharp cookie. Just consider how she and her team have managed to keep her in the spotlight over the years, and how she’s amassed a huge personal fortune through product endorsements and simply showing up at other people’s parties and premieres to help them gain press attention.

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So, firstly, I don’t believe that she’s that dumb. The tweet is simply designed to play on your stereotypical perception of what Paris Hilton is like.

Secondly, when the tweet began to spread around Twitter, she was actually on a plane. See the tweet she posted minutes ago announcing that her aircraft had just touched down in Miami.

Genuine Paris Hilton tweet

The only “evidence” that Paris ever posted the message at all, is in a picture uploaded by a Twitter account called @DeletedTweets, claiming to be a screenshot of Hilton’s alleged Twitter goof.

And, what do you know, while I’ve been writing this article, the offending @DeletedTweets tweet itself appears to have been erased.

Don’t trust everything you read on Twitter. And shame on whoever thought the death of a world statesman admired by millions was the perfect opportunity to embarrass Paris Hilton.

How very sick and sad.

Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.

Hat-tip: @jamesrbuk

Update: Paris Hilton (the real one) has now posted a message, confirming that she didn’t send the tweet confusing Martin Luther King with Mandela.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

3 comments on “Did Paris Hilton *really* post that tweet upon death of Nelson Mandela? Nope”

  1. Tim D

    The fake tweet also had the wrong time stamp. The Deleted
    Tweets posted at 2:00 PM. The image of Hilton's tweet says
    4:58 PM that same day. /facepalm

  2. Right first off I just thought it was funny overall that
    she would say something like that know I realise it's fake
    and yeah ok a was a tad disappointed but oh well I'll live
    on second I have no idea why everyone is mourning this mans death
    he is responsible for many innocent lives he signed of the deaths
    of 157 people innocent men women and children one of his favourite
    ways of leaving messages to men who opposed him was to get his wife
    and children put them in a large tire hung from a tree cover it in
    gasoline and well you can guess what comes next this man was a
    terrorist plain and simple

  3. Roberta C.Adkins

    #Facepalm What is the fail here is the top 10 music for
    Paris Hilton

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