- The student who tracks Elon Musk’s jet said the Tesla CEO only seemed to care about being tracked himself.
- Jack Sweeney told Insider he reported a tweet that had the live location of several public figures.
- Twitter’s email in response to the report said the account “hasn’t broken any safety policies.”
The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet on social media claimed the Tesla CEO had double standards about Twitter’s tolerance for tweets revealing individuals’ whereabouts in real time.
Jack Sweeney told Insider he found a Twitter account called @HoggNFL that tweeted the location of a jet that supposedly had passengers including the US ambassador to the United Kingdom, Woody Johnson; New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas; head coach Robert Saleh; and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
Sweeney warned the account owner that he’d report the tweet: “If I get banned for posting live, so will others.”
Sweeney said others also reported the tweet. However, an emailed response from Twitter stated that “HoggNFL hasn’t broken any safety policies,” he said.
“Either Twitter moderation is bad at its job or they only care about the live location rule when it’s in Musk’s interest,” he added. “The account tweeted a famous person’s live location of their jet but hasn’t been taken down – the only difference is it’s not Musk.”
The tweet in question has subsequently been deleted.
The sophomore’s Twitter accounts that tracked celebrities’ jets including @ElonJet and @ZuccJet were suspended in December after Musk took control of Twitter. The billionaire said posting live locations was a “physical safety violation.”
Early last year Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to stop sharing the flight information. Sweeney said he would for $50,000, but said Musk never followed up.
Following the suspension of the college student’s accounts, Twitter updated its private information policy to restrict users from sharing individuals’ live locations, which prompted him to tweet flight data with a 24-hour delay to adhere to the new policies.
Musk and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.
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