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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, although the account still appears to be active.

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

Just deleted my Twitter account

— Daddy DotCom (@elonmusk) June 17, 2019

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

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

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The entrepreneur has recently made a number of bizarre postings on Twitter, including changing his name to Daddy DotCom on Father's Day.

One Twitter user wrote: "I can't believe elon musk has fully followed the trajectory of an angry forum teenager in a single day, all the way from initial dispute to claiming you're deleting your account and then not actually deleting it."

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Another said: "I'm no expert but I think you actually have to delete your account to delete your account."

One person even joked, "Luckily I, Elon Musk, have this second account which is definitely run by me."

Several users questioned whether his account had been hacked.

Image: The Tesla CEO has landed himself in hot water over his tweeting before

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