Elon Musk keeps his jet’s flight tracker live on Twitter despite security risks

Elon Musk may be in hot water over his recent decision to suspend multiple verified users after they impersonated him on Twitter, but the Tesla CEO still maintains that he is an advocate for free speech. Musk underscored this, saying he wouldn’t ban a Twitter account that tracks his private jet, even if the account puts him at “direct personal risk.”

The account, which operates under the pseudonym @ElonJet, is run by Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old student. Sweeney’s account uses publicly available air traffic data to post updates on when and where Musk’s plane took off and landed, as well as the duration of each flight. Sweeney maintains around 30 accounts that perform similar tasks.

Musk previously asked Sweeney to take the @ElonJet account offline. In January, reports surfaced that Musk had offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the account, although the student declined the offer and demanded $50,000 instead. Musk would also refused the student’s request. However, Musk and the student appear to have reached an impasse, as the CEO now appears to be using a privacy tool that Sweeney allegedly suggested, which would help prevent aircraft tracking.

Amid the recent Twitter drama following Musk’s takeover of the platform, the Tesla CEO noted that his commitment to free speech extends even to accounts that could pose a personal risk to him. “My commitment to free speech even goes so far as not to ban the account following my plane, even if it is a direct risk to personal safety,” Musk wrote.

In a statement to Initiated, Sweeney noted that he was “pleased” that Musk took to his account amid his Twitter takeover. The student, however, noted that he was not surprised by the CEO’s decision. “I kind of thought that was his position because if it wasn’t people would be after him for saying one thing and then come and ban my account. It’s always cool to see that ‘he actually said something and acknowledged my story,’ Sweeney noted.

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Elon Musk keeps his jet’s flight tracker live on Twitter despite security risks

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