Jack Sweeney, the University of Central Florida sophomore who was banned from Twitter, has a new account on the platform.
After his previous account got banned for tracking Elon Musk’s jet in real-time, his newly opened account @ElonJetNextDay does the same but with a 24-hour delay.
@ElonJet, the student’s first account made two years ago, used public data to automatically map the flights of Musk’s private jet and got banned for it. The ban didn’t come before Musk contacted Sweeney and offered him $5,000 to take the account down.
Musk reportedly told Sweeney,
Sweeney asked for the offer to change to $50,000 or a Model 3 Tesla, but Musk never replied, which isn’t to say that he forgot about him. Musk’s Twitter then blocked the account tracking his jet, costing Sweeney 530,000 followers.
The incentive, according to Musk, was a “crazy stalker in Los Angeles” that followed a car carrying his son X Æ A-12.
Even though there was no clear correlation between the incident and the account, Twitter informed Sweeney that “after a careful review,” it had been determined his account broke Twitter rules, without saying which.
Sweeney’s personal account was banned shortly after that, as Twitter kept shutting down other accounts Sweeney made, including the ones tracking the air travel of other prominent figures like Mark Zuckerberg.
A day later, Musk’s Twitter banned well-known journalists without warning, including Drew Harwell of the Washington Post and Ryan Mac of the New York Times. Focusing on Sweeney, Musk tweeted:
Sweeney has since opened an account on Mastodon that tracks Musk’s private jet in real-time, which already has 67,000+ followers. Sweeney also has pages on Instagram and Facebook tracking private jets, including that of Musk.
According to Twitter’s new rules,
Sweeney’s new account on Twitter that reports the movement of Musk’s private jet only after 24 hours have passed seemingly falls into the confines of Twitter’s recently set safety guidelines.
The recent dramatic events on Twitter seem to have exhausted Musk and his followers, as a poll made by Musk resulted in the majority voting for him to step down as the CEO of the company.
Musk agreed to step down from Twitter as soon as he finds “someone foolish enough to take the job!”
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