Since Elon Musk purchased Twitter, the person who maintains an account that follows his private plane claims the account has been shadowbanned. On Sunday, Jack Sweeney, the man behind the ElonJet airplane monitoring account, came to Twitter to accuse the social media site of censoring the bot. Sweeney stated in a post he titled “My Twitter Files” that on December 2, an unidentified Twitter employee notified him that his ElonJet account was “visibility limited/restricted to a significant degree internally.”
He also posted a screenshot of what looked to be an internal Twitter communication from Ella Irwin, Twitter’s new director of Trust and Safety, demanding “strong VF [visibility filtering]” for ElonJet. Sweeney revealed to Insider that he had assumed “for quite some time” that “@ElonJet was absolutely search banned/ search suggestion barred” before the fictitious Twitter employee contacted him.
We at Insider have not been able to confirm Sweeney’s assertions on our own. When a person is shadowbanned, their profile and posts become less visible to the public without their knowledge. A number of users have previously complained that the jet tracking account’s recommended identities would not allow them to do a search or tag.
Musk has already spoken out against the practice of shadowbanning, and he has said that Twitter is developing a tool that would make it very evident to users when they have been shadowbanned. The CEO of Tesla previously expressed displeasure with the jet-tracking account, claiming it posed a security concern, and even offered to purchase it.
Sweeney manages around 30 public accounts for monitoring airplanes. Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Meta), Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon), and Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft) are the subjects of many of the tales.
After hearing such reports, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault sold his own aircraft and started using charter flights to avoid being followed. Musk has previously said that his dedication to free expression would prevent him from banning the Twitter account. Insider reached out to Twitter for comment first thing Monday morning but did not get a response right away.
The owner of a Twitter account that tracks Elon Musk‘s private jet alleges the account has been shadowbanned since Musk bought the company. In a tweet published on Sunday, ElonJet account creator Jack Sweeney said the social media platform had banned the bot because of its content.
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