Paris Hilton Claims to Have Invented the Selfie and People Are Freaking

The heiress and occasional media figure also gives some credit to her famous friend Britney Spears

On Sunday, Paris Hilton claimed credit for inventing the selfie.

The heiress and occasional media figure also gave an assist to her famous friend Britney Spears.

“11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!”

Quite the claim.

Twitter, however, promptly did some fact checking, showing evidence of selfies going back 100 years. In fact, the first known camera selfie — then just known as the more banal self-portrait —  dates back to 1839.

The Hilton claim was so breathtaking, it caused a firestorm on Twitter — that is still raging. Even BBC couldn’t resist some trolling.