The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet says the Twitter CEO ‘seems really bothered’ by his account:- After Elon Musk’s recent interview with the BBC where he talked about banning the Twitter account @ElonJet, Jack Sweeney, the college student who monitors the billionaire’s private jet, remarked that Musk appeared to be quite bothered by his account. Sweeney shared his observations in a statement to the media.
According to a statement by Jack Sweeney, the college student who manages a Twitter account that monitors Elon Musk’s private jet, the Tesla CEO appears to be bothered by the account after he discussed it in his recent interview with BBC News.
Sweeney stated that Musk seemed particularly concerned about the account, and this has raised eyebrows among the billionaire’s followers.
On Tuesday, Elon Musk talked to BBC reporter James Clayton about a range of topics, including his acquisition bid for Twitter worth $44 billion, the challenges facing the company such as layoffs, and his decision to ban the @ElonJet account back in December.
When asked about the @ElonJet account in the BBC interview, Elon Musk reportedly responded with a terse “What about it?” in a tone that some observers described as dismissive.
James Clayton, the BBC reporter who interviewed Elon Musk, referred to the ban on Jack Sweeney’s @ElonJet account as “controversial” and asked Musk whether he was overstepping his authority. Clayton also suggested that the move was an example of Musk flexing his power in an excessive manner.
Elon Musk responded to James Clayton’s question by saying that the decision to ban Jack Sweeney’s @ElonJet account had nothing to do with flexing his power but rather was based on a policy against real-time doxxing. Musk added that this type of behavior was not acceptable on Twitter.
According to the definition provided by the Cambridge Dictionary, doxxing is the act of discovering and revealing private or identifying information about an individual on the internet without their consent.
Jack Sweeney’s Twitter account utilized automated programs or bots to gather and publish information on Elon Musk’s private jet flights. This information was publicly accessible and could have been obtained through other sources, such as ADS-B Exchange.
During the interview, James Clayton pointed out that Jack Sweeney’s @ElonJet account had only utilized information that was publicly available.
Elon Musk disputed this claim, stating that Sweeney had combined non-public information with the publicly available data. However, Musk did not provide any further details about the nature of the non-public information in question.
In a statement to Insider on Thursday, Jack Sweeney responded to Elon Musk’s recent comments about his @ElonJet account, saying that the billionaire’s evident frustration with the account only underscores its importance. Sweeney suggested that Musk was uncomfortable with the account’s high visibility and its ability to track his movements.
Jack Sweeney added that he “probably” occupied a significant amount of space in Elon Musk’s thoughts, and that his @ElonJet account had clearly succeeded in capturing the billionaire’s attention.
At the beginning of 2022, Elon Musk reportedly offered Jack Sweeney $5,000 in exchange for halting the dissemination of flight information on his @ElonJet account. Sweeney declined the offer and countered with a demand for $50,000, but Musk did not pursue the matter further.
In addition to banning Jack Sweeney’s @ElonJet account, Twitter also took action against more than 30 other accounts that had been using public flight data to monitor the movements of private jets belonging to high-profile individuals.
The suspended accounts included those tracking the flights of figures such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Insider reached out to both Elon Musk and Twitter for their input on this matter. However, Twitter only provided an automated response that did not address the specific questions raised by the inquiry. Musk did not provide a comment.
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