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Rihanna removes Free Palestine tweet

Rihanna sparked controversy this week when she posted a "#FreePalestine" message on her Twitter account and promptly deleted it.

Unfortunately, the Umbrella singer's 37 million followers and various news outlets picked up the note during the eight minutes it was up on the micro-blogging site.

A source told TMZ: "She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted. She didn't even realise it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans."

The source claims Rihanna was reading about the Middle East conflict online and clicked a link.

She had been reading about the Israel-Gaza conflict, which flared up after three Israeli teenagers were murdered, and then a Palestinian teenager was killed in an apparent revenge attack.

Although RiRi tried to backpedal on her political view by deleting the post, it was retweeted nearly 70,000 times before she took it down, according to the Twitter analytics site Favstar.

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