Elon Jet: Twitter suspends account tracking Elon Musk’s flights

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Elon Jet, a Twitter account that tracked flights of Elon Musk’s private jet, was suspended on Wednesday, despite the billionaire’s claims of free speech.

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The account was briefly active later in the day, after Twitter announced that it had updated its policy to prohibit tweets from revealing someone’s location in real time in most cases.

Elon Musk tweeted on November 7 that “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk.” It seems like Musk has changed his decision about it.

The University of Central Florida student who created @ElonJet, Jack Sweeney, also ran similar bots that tracked the private jet activity of tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg. Nonetheless, none of Sweeney’s other accounts have been impacted.

Jack Sweeney’s personal Twitter account has also been blocked.

“All of my Twitter accounts have been banned. Even my personal make sure to stay connected with me,” Sweeney wrote on Mastodon.

Screenshot of suspended note.

Elon Musk via a tweet said “Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation.

“This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info,” Musk said.

Doxxing is the practice of revealing identifying information such as a person’s home address or phone number online in order to target them for abuse.

Tweets sharing a person’s location that are “not same-day” are permitted, as are posts about being at a public event such as a concert, according to Twitter.

Some users have bashed Musk for posting a video of a guy he claimed was stalking his son. Musk also revealed the guy’s plate number and car.

Elon Musk also threatened to sue Jack Sweeney, the creator of Elon Jet on Twitter. “Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” Musk posted

Users reacted to the suspension of Elon Jet account

In response to the ban of Elon Jet’s account, a user tweeted “So much for free speech. Musk has killed @ElonJet, which was using public aircraft data. I’m overwhelmingly empathetic to doxing and taking action, but there’s no valid argument this endangers anyone.”

Another user tweeted “Elon Musk bought twitter and is personally taking down ppls profiles he deems a nuisance or annoying after he claimed his “commitment to free speech” was absolute. he literally used the elonjet acc (now banned) as proof of such commitment.”

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