Even if Elon Musk succeeds in taking over the social media site, a youngster who tweets the position of his private plane has pledged to continue upsetting Musk. Jack Sweeney, who uses the handle Elon Jet to tweet out Musk’s jet’s location, has indicated that he will continue to keep fans updated on the jet’s whereabouts, even if it means utilizing other social media channels.
Elon Musk has already sought to persuade Sweeny to cease following his plane by promising him $5,000. Sweeny, who began work on the project in 2020, turned down the offer and demanded $50,000 instead. Despite the fact that this is a pittance in comparison to the $44 billion Musk has given for Twitter, the Tesla CEO and defender of free expression has opted to ban him.
Sweeney told the Guardian at the time, “I developed it because I’m incredibly interested in Elon Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX, and it would be intriguing to watch where he goes and what business he’s up to.” “I offered for $50,000, and he said he was ‘considering it,’ then said last week, ‘I don’t believe it’s proper to pay to take this down,’ and then blocked me the other night. I requested $50,000 since it would be wonderful to assist with college expenses, and I also thought it would be cool if I could get a Tesla, such as a Model 3 or something similar.”
Sweeney, who has since shifted his focus to Russian oligarchs, recently tweeted that his account “has every right to post jet whereabouts,” noting that “ADS-B data is public, every aircraft in the world is required to have a transponder, Even Twitter policy states data found on other sites is allowed to be shared here as well.” It’s unclear how this will fit with Musk’s vision of Twitter as a “town square” for free expression.
A kid who ruffled Elon Musk’s feathers by recording every trip he took has now turned his attention to Russian oligarchs, launching a new Twitter account that permits real-time tracking of every flight the country’s wealthiest billionaires take. If his interactions with Musk are any indication, this adolescent will not readily succumb to pressure, even if he is promised large sums of money. Russian Oligarch Jets is a Twitter account created by 19-year-old Jack Sweeney that uses publicly accessible flight tracking data from ADS-B Exchange to alert followers when oligarchs are on the move.