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Student shares flight information from Elon Musk on Twitter again, but it’s getting late |  abroad

Student shares flight information from Elon Musk on Twitter again, but it’s getting late | abroad

Jack Sweeney, a young American IT student, is sharing Elon Musk’s flight information on Twitter again, but with a 24-hour delay. Earlier, his Twitter accounts, including the popular @ElonJet, were suspended because Sweeney shared real-time location data to Musk and other well-known billionaires.

Sabine Schultz, ADN

Last updated:
23-12-22, 21:52

Tweakers, ANP

This month, there was a major row over Twitter, which began with the suspension of @ElonJet and other Twitter accounts of American developer Jack Sweeney, the young man behind the infamous account that tracks the private jets of Elon Musk and other billionaires. Musk, who has owned Twitter since October, said he did so because of new regulations he introduced that prohibit users of the social medium from sharing the live location of other users.

The controversial law immediately sparked a discussion about freedom of speech on Twitter. The billionaire described this freedom as a great advantage soon after he purchased it. He even specifically said that “an account that follows their private jet” can therefore remain on the platform, even if it puts its security at risk.

look. Jack Sweeney follows the famous rich and sky-high oligarchs

Journalists comment

Not long after that, several journalists from CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others, were removed from Twitter. Several journalists have reported on @ElonJet’s comment. Musk responded that everyone involved had endangered his family’s safety by writing, sometimes indirectly, about the location of his plane.

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With that, Gate ended completely, and a storm of criticism ensued. The United Nations spoke of a “dangerous precedent” and threatened Europe with punitive measures. “The media should not be silenced on a platform declaring themselves a zone of freedom,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Musk later reinstated the journalists’ accounts after conducting a Twitter poll. In it, he asked users if he should lift the suspension immediately or at a later time. The majority of Twitter users chose the first.

new account

ElonJet will remain outstanding. But in the meantime, Sweeney has started another Twitter account, tech site Tweakers wrote Friday: Sweeney shares a link on his website to a new Twitter account called @ElonJetNextDay. The description states that Musk’s flight details are displayed with a 24-hour delay. It appears Sweeney is abiding by the new Twitter rules with this. At least for now, ElonJetNextDay is still running on the platform.

Musk’s real-time flight data via ElonJet can still be seen on other social media channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Mastodon.

Elon Musk.

Elon Musk. ©AP

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and recently the CEO of Twitter, began getting annoyed with his Twitter account last fall. He wanted to get rid of him quickly, but that was without counting the brilliant young man behind the account. In January of this year, Musk offered a student $5,000 (€4,700) to close the account, but he thought that offer was too low. Later, a car rental company offers Sweeney a Tesla in exchange for deactivating the account. The student did not respond to that either.

In March, after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he also founded Sweeney They also target the Russian oligarchs and “Russian VIP Planes That Putin Could Use”. For example, Sweeney watches the plane of Roman Abramovich, one of the most famous oligarchs in the world and the former owner of Chelsea. Alisher Usmanov and Leonid Viktorovich Michelson (CEO of the Russian gas company Novatek) also do not escape from seeing Sweeney. In total there are about 40 aircraft and helicopters.