A Twitter Inc. account tracking the movements of Elon Musk’s private jet has been suspended from the social media platform.
As of early Wednesday morning in New York, the @elonjet page showed a message that read “account suspended” with an explanation that Twitter suspends accounts that violate the platform’s rules. Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in late October.
Musk and representatives for Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Jack Sweeney, who has run the account since June 2020, told Bloomberg News that, upon logging on to the account, his Twitter platform stated: “Your account is permanently suspended. After careful review we determined your account broke the Twitter rules. Your account is permanently in read-only mode.”
Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, said he hasn’t received any other notices from Twitter via email or other mediums.
The account tracks the movements of Musk’s private jet using publicly available flight data and gives automated alerts.
Sweeney, 20, turned down a $5,000 offer from the Tesla CEO in 2021 to shut down his bot account and countered with a demand to boost the payout to $50,000. Musk made multiple attempts to contact him to ask to shut it down, Sweeney has said.
Last month, Musk said in a tweet that his commitment to free speech “extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk”.
Sweeney operates other automated accounts through a business called Ground Control, including accounts that follow celebrity jets and one that purports to track planes used by Russian President Vladimir Putin and other government officials.