Twitter Inc has suspended an account that tracks owner Elon Musk’s private jet in real time, with the billionaire threatening legal action against the account’s operator after saying his son had been hacked. a “crazy stalker” mistakenly follows.
ElonJet, run by 20-year-old college student Jack Sweeney, has been tracking the movements of Musk’s private jet. jet plane use data available in the public domain prior to suspension.
Sweeney’s other accounts were also suspended at the time of reporting.
Twitter and Sweeney did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Twitter briefly reinstated the “bot” or automated account before suspending it again, after saying that sharing “live location information” was a violation of its policies.
Musk said in a tweet in November that his commitment to free speech “even extends to not banning my plane-tracking account, though that’s a direct risk to me.” personal safety”.
On Wednesday, Musk said: “Any account doxxing anyone’s real-time location information will be suspended, as it is a violation of physical safety.”
“Doxxing” is the public release of sensitive information that identifies an individual or entity, such as a home address or phone number.
“Posting places where someone has traveled a bit slowly isn’t a matter of safety, so that’s okay,” Musk said.
The billionaire also tweeted that one of his sons, lil X, was harassed and linked it to the following accounts.
“Last night the lil X van in LA was tracked by a frantic stalker (thinking it was me) who then stopped the car from moving and climbed onto the hood,” he said.
“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney and support organizations that harmed my family.”
Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida who also runs similar bot accounts that track Musk’s plane on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram, told BuzzFeed that the suspension was “a surprise to the public.” many people after he publicly said he wouldn’t do it.”
“It just shows that they can make the rules the way they want, really to whoever they want,” he said.
Sweeney tweeted on Saturday that Ella Irwin, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, had requested that the account be filtered and less visible to users.
In previous interviews with the media, Sweeney said he turned down an offer of $5,000 from Musk in 2021 to close the account.
Separately, the jet-following Twitter accounts of billionaire tech entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were also suspended.