Jack Sweeney, the school scholar and creator of the banned @ElonJet Twitter account that tracked the actions of Elon Musk’s private jet, has now launched the monitoring challenge on Meta’s rival platform, Threads. “ElonJet has arrived to Threads!” Sweeney posted to the brand new @elonmusksjet account on Thursday. As of Monday, July tenth, the Threads account at present has 80,000 followers.
Sweeney addressed his second posting on the @elonmusksjet Threads account on to Mark Zuckerberg, asking the Meta founder if he can stay on the platform. Sweeney features a shoutout within the Threads bio of @elonmusksjet to the @zuckerbergjet account devoted to monitoring the placement of Zuckerberg’s non-public jet. That account hasn’t posted any stay data but, however Sweeney has been actively monitoring the actions of Zuckerberg’s jet throughout Meta’s Fb and Instagram companies for a while.
The account monitoring Musk’s jet already seems to have been suspended and subsequently restored on each Threads and Instagram (the place it’s been energetic for months) in the previous couple of days.
Elon Musk suspended the @ElonJet Twitter account in December final yr claiming that the tracker was a “direct private security threat.” Previous to this suspension, Musk said he wouldn’t ban the account as a part of his “dedication to free speech.” Sweeney additionally runs a number of different trackers on Instagram, Fb, and Bluesky that monitor the flight paths of personal jets for notables like Invoice Gates, Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos, and Kim Kardashian. These automated “bot” accounts created by Sweeney pull collectively publicly obtainable air journey knowledge to chart the places of the plane. The Twitter accounts related to these trackers had been additionally suspended.
Previous to his @ElonJet Twitter account being suspended, Sweeney as soon as rejected Musk’s $5,000 provide to take away the tracker, requesting that the billionaire enhance the provide to $50,000 and supply him with an internship. By calling out Zuckerberg, Sweeney appears to be goading the Meta CEO into taking comparable motion.
Sweeney nonetheless has a Twitter account monitoring Musk’s non-public jet, solely now with a 24-hour delay
Shortly after Sweeney’s @ElonJet Twitter account was suspended final yr, Musk tweeted, “Any account doxxing real-time location information of anybody shall be suspended, as it’s a bodily security violation. This contains posting hyperlinks to websites with real-time location information.” Twitter’s non-public data and media coverage was also updated in December to specify that sharing publicly obtainable location data is barely permitted after a “cheap time has elapsed” — which allowed Sweeney to create a brand new Twitter account to trace Musk’s jet with a 24-hour delay.