Ed Sheeran deletes tweets after Games of Thrones backlash

Ed Sheeran has deleted most of his Twitter account and announced he's not using it anymore following criticism of his cameo on Game of Thrones.

The British pop star appeared as a Lannister soldier in a scene during the hit fantasy TV show's seventh season premiere and caused outrage among some viewers, who took to the internet to complain.

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Sheeran deactivated his Twitter account around a day after the show's Monday night premiere (NZ time), before reactivating it a few hours later - sort of.

The 'Shape of You' singer has deleted all of his tweets apart from three from April, 2013 and a series of replies to other celebrities from 2015 and earlier.

Confirming his departure from the micro-blogging service, Sheeran has changed his profile to: "I don't use this anymore, please follow me... on Instagram, lots of love."

His Instagram account has slightly less followers than his Twitter - 13.9 million versus 14.5 million - and Sheeran indeed continues to post on the photo-sharing service.

One of his most recent Instagram posts teases an upcoming cameo on The Simpsons - which his fans must be hoping doesn't result in another social media withdrawal from the 26-year-old.

Newshub.