Katy Perry Experiences Backlash After Tweeting False Information About Malaysia Flight MH17

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There have been a lot of rumors and false reports about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 since it tragically crashed last week.

Unfortunately, some of that misinformation made its way onto Katy Perry’s radar over the weekend, when she tweeted that a large group of UNICEF volunteers were among the 298 killed in the accident.

“So INCREDIBLY sad to hear that there were 100 volunteers for @UNICEF on flight #MH17 Sending our prayers to all the families effected,” Perry wrote on her Twitter account, which is the most followed page on the social media site.

According to The Independent, the 29-year-old singer, who also happens to be a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, then quickly deleted the tweet after realizing she had received false information.

It seems as though the confusion stemmed from reports that 100 passengers on board were allegedly staff members and researchers of the World Health Organization heading to an International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia – an event where UNICEF members are also in attendance.

Afterwards, UNICEF released the following statement on the matter to News.au.com:

“We are pleased to report there were no UNICEF staff on-board. UNICEF has expressed its deepest condolences for our UN colleagues, and all who died on flight MH17. Our sympathies go to their families.”

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