The socialite was victimized by an online prankster.

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Relax, Twitterverse – Paris Hilton totally knows the difference between Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

A tweet -- seemingly from Hilton's account -- that read "RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so inspiring. Amazing man" made the rounds on Thursday after Mandela's death. Naturally, mockery of the socialite for her apparent cluelessness quickly took off. One example (from hundreds):

"Paris Hilton has officially set blonde women back 200 years." -- @DrunkSocialite

But BuzzFeed discovered that the tweet was not genuine. It was spread by an account, @DeIetedTweets, that's now gone. (UPDATE: It seems to be back, for now.)

Hilton was on a plane to Miami when the fake tweet went out, her publicist told BuzzFeed.

Once she landed, Hilton tweeted condolences for Mandela:

"Just landed & heard the sad new about Nelson Mandela. He was a true Hero & the world is a better place because of him. May he rest in peace." -- @ParisHilton

She then blasted the creators of the fake tweet:

"Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it." -- @ParisHilton

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