Twitter CEO Elon Musk is vowing to take legal action against 20-year-old Jack Sweeney whose now-banned Twitter account tracked his private jet in real-time and seems to be tying it to a balaclava-clad “crazy stalker” who allegedly followed the car his son “X” was in.
Musk tweeted that “legal action is being taken” against Sweeney and it’s a fair guess that the billionaire plans to sue him. Sweeney’s defunct account went under the handle of @elonjet and was banned for doxing the Twitter CEO. He also leveled the accusation that Sweeney “supported harm” to his family.
“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. Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok,” Musk tweeted.
That tweet was followed an hour later by another, stating, “Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood. Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family.”
Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood.
Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
The man wearing a balaclava over his face and following the car that his two-year-old son “X” was in reportedly thought Musk was in the car.
Musk released a video of the stalker in Los Angeles via his driver who used his phone to video the car on Tuesday and then showed the white Hyundai’s license plate asking, “Anyone recognize this person or car?”
Anyone recognize this person or car? pic.twitter.com/2U0Eyx7iwl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
Sweeney’s tracker posted the movements of Musk’s private jet from airport to airport using publicly-available flight-tracking data. It had over half a million followers. For good measure, Sweeney’s personal account was also banned on Wednesday.
The billionaire has recently stated that he would no longer give autographs and felt that his life was being threatened because he was exposing corruption on the left.
As a side note, Antifa & far-left accounts are furious that posting live locations of their targets is now a policy violation. They feel like a tool they use to direct or incite violence, harassment or robbery against their victims has been taken away. https://t.co/hFl1glyjYb pic.twitter.com/H49OQTa6MT
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) December 15, 2022
Leftists immediately seized on Musk for banning the accounts, branding him a hypocrite for squelching so-called free speech.
Musk tweeted in November, “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk.” That was before his life was put at risk via the “Twitter Files.”
My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
On Wednesday, Twitter changed its terms of service to prohibit flight-tracking on the social media platform.
Update, Twitter has changed their policy on open source flight tracking-https://t.co/gHZIiCWnx4
“Under this policy, you can’t share the following types of private information, without the permission of the person who it belongs to:” pic.twitter.com/JPGdd3ZgUl
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) December 14, 2022
Musk has previously gone after Sweeney who set up the account in 2020 when he was 19. He claimed he set it up because he was a super-fan of Musk’s and wanted to see how he managed his businesses.
In 2021, Musk allegedly offered Sweeney $5,000 to take down the account, which he saw as a risk to his safety.
“Can you take this down? It is a security risk.” Musk wrote in a direct message to Sweeney, according to Protocol. “I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase.”
Sweeney turned down the offer and countered by asking for $50,000 and a Tesla. Musk reportedly declined.
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