Rihanna backtracks from foray into global politics

Last updated 15:26 16/07/2014

DIPPING HER TOES: Rihanna briefly enters political fray.

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Rihanna has joined the debate on the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but only for a mere eight minutes.

The pop artist tweeted the hashtag #FreePalestine, but within eight minutes the tweet had been deleted from her Twitter feed.

Deleted after 8 minutes: Rihanna's #FreePalestine tweet.

Deleted after 8 minutes: Rihanna's #FreePalestine tweet.

Though not before the tweet had been retweeted almost 7000 times.

Since deleting the initial tweet, Rihanna has shared a less-polarizing perspective.

Rihanna is not the only celebrity to have been caught tweeting and deleting a #FreePalestine tweet.

American NBA star, Dwight Howard posted the same tweet in response to a fan who shared pictures of Gaza with him.

His tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted and it was followed up with a series of tweets, withdrawing him from the debate.

Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks also found himself retracting a post on Instagram, which read "pray for Palestine."

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