Elon Musk has left his 27 million followers confused by claiming he has deleted his Twitter account – despite his profile remaining live for all to see.

The Tesla chief executive tweeted “Just deleted my Twitter account” and changed his profile picture to black, though the account still seems to be active.

There was mixed reaction from internet users, with some seeming shocked by his apparent departure and others claiming it was prompted by an earlier online dispute.

Just deleted my Twitter account.

In a now-deleted tweet, Mr. Musk posted a piece of art however was quickly criticized for not crediting the original artist.

He wrote in response: “No one should be credited with anything ever.”

The entrepreneur has recently made variety of bizarre postings on Twitter, as well as changing his name to daddy DotCom on Father’s Day.

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