Elon Musk taking legal action over Twitter account that tracks his private jet

Elon Musk claims he is suing the owner of a Twitter account that tracks his private jet because he believes it put his son in danger.

On Wednesday, the @ElonJet account, which has more than 500,000 followers, was suspended.

Its 20-year-old owner Jack Sweeney tweeted each time Elon Musk’s aircraft took off and touched down using publicly accessible flight tracking data.

Mr. Musk claims that Mr. Sweeney and others are currently the targets of legal action.

He tweeted, “Last night, crazed stalker (thinking it was me) followed car carrying [his son] lil X in LA, who later halted car from driving and climbed onto hood.”

He continued, “As it is a physical safety violation, any account that discloses people’s real-time locations would be suspended.”

Mr Sweeney denied the event was related to his narrative when asked by the BBC.

It happens after he revealed the suspension of the profile on his own Twitter account on Wednesday.

Mr. Sweeney’s account appears to have been reinstated that evening. “Yes, I’m back,” he tweeted. It was again classified as suspended a short while afterwards. Additionally, his personal account @JxckSweeney has been blocked.

Florida college student Mr. Sweeney provided CNN with a screenshot of a notice from Twitter stating that the account has been permanently banned for breaking Twitter’s rules after the social media platform had done a “careful examination.”

The student is in control of other additional accounts that monitor the private flights of affluent Americans, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta.

On Wednesday afternoon, many of those accounts—including one tracking planes connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin and another keeping an eye on celebrity jets—appeared to have been suspended from Twitter as well.

The @ElonJet account had long been an irritant for Mr. Musk, who allegedly once paid Mr. Sweeney $5,000 to have it deleted.

Mr. Musk ultimately told Mr. Sweeney that paying to have the account closed did not feel right, according to Mr. Sweeney’s statements to US media outlets.

And a month ago, Mr. Musk promised to continue operating it despite the fact that it posed a “direct personal safety risk.”

However, on Wednesday night, Mr. Musk tweeted: “Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. Links to websites that provide real-time location data are included in this.

You may not publish or upload other people’s private information without their express knowledge and approval, according to a revised media policy posted on Twitter by the Help Center.

Mr. Musk has changed Twitter’s moderation procedures in a number of ways since becoming the reins of the company.

He has restored a few of previously banned accounts, including former President Donald Trump’s profile, which was suspended during the 6 January revolt at the US Capitol.

According to the New York Times, the Tesla CEO has reduced Twitter’s workforce and ceased paying rent for parts of the company’s offices, including its San Francisco headquarters.

Investors have questioned whether his recent acquisition of Twitter has caused him to focus less on his electric vehicle company.

He sold a further 22 million shares in the company this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for $3.58 billion (£2.9 billion).

With this sale, Mr. Musk has now sold roughly $40 billion worth of Tesla stock in the previous year.

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