Elon Musk is suing the Twitter account that tracks his private jet, claiming it endangered his son. On Wednesday, @ElonJet was suspended. Its owner Jack Sweeney, 20, tweeted every time Mr. Musk’s jet took off and landed using publicly available flight-tracking data.
Mr. Musk says he’s suing Mr. Sweeney and others. “Last night, car carrying [his son] Lil X in LA was followed by a crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked the car from moving and climbed onto the hood,” he tweeted.
He stated that accounts revealing real-time whereabouts will be suspended “since it is a physical safety violation”. When queried by the BBC, Mr. Sweeney denied the incident was related to his narrative. He announced the suspension on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday.
That evening, Mr. Sweeney’s account looked to have been renewed. He tweeted, “I’m back!” Minutes afterward, it was suspended again. His account, @JxckSweeney, is likewise frozen. Mr. Sweeney, a college student in Florida, shared a screenshot with CNN of a Twitter notification stating that the account has been permanently banned after a “careful examination” for breaking Twitter’s policies.
The student oversees dozens of accounts that follow affluent Americans’ private planes, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On Wednesday afternoon, Twitter suspended many of the accounts, including one tracking aircraft affiliated with Russian President Vladimir Putin and another following celebrity jets.
Mr. Musk offered Mr. Sweeney $5,000 to erase the @ElonJet account. Mr. Sweeney told US media that Mr. Musk told him it did not feel appropriate to pay to shut down the account. Even though it was a “direct personal safety concern,” Mr. Musk promised to keep it running a month ago.
Musk tweeted Wednesday night: “Doxxing real-time location information violates physical safety and will result in account suspension. This involves linking to real-time location sites.”
Twitter’s Help Center published a revised media policy that begins: “You may not publish or upload other people’s private information without their express knowledge and agreement.”
Mr. Musk has overhauled Twitter’s moderation since taking over. He reinstated several banned accounts, including former President Donald Trump’s, which was banned after the 6 January Capitol revolt.
The Tesla CEO has also cut Twitter’s workforce and ceased paying rent for some of its offices, including its San Francisco headquarters, according to the New York Times.
His buyout of Twitter has raised concerns among investors that he is neglecting his electric car business. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, he sold 22 million firm shares valued at $3.58bn (£2.9bn). It raises Mr. Musk’s Tesla stock sales over the past year to roughly $40bn.
Elon Musk is suing his private jet tracking Twitter account for endangering his son. Wednesday suspended @ElonJet. Jack Sweeney, 20, tweeted every time Mr. Musk’s jet took off and landed.
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