Twitter’s CEO has suspended accounts that track the location of private jets, including one that tracked Elon Musk’s jet.
Musk responded to a user on Wednesday he said. The accounts violated Twitter’s “doxxing” rules, meaning they shared non-public personal information.
The account @elonjet, which has more than half a million followers, was suspended early Wednesday for an unspecified violation of Twitter’s rules. Twitter accounts following Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos were also banned that day.
The Mask tracking account was created by 20-year-old Jack Sweeney, a college student in Florida. Sweeney’s personal Twitter account was also suspended on Wednesday.
Sweeney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He previously told Newsweek that he does not consider the account a security risk, noting that the information is not timely.
“Looks like @ElonJet has been suspended,” Sweeney tweeted earlier Wednesday before the suspension.
Last month, Musk said he would allow the @ElonJet account to continue even if it put his personal safety at risk.
Twitter has a policy against sharing non-public information about people, but that policy said nothing about “live” information before the page’s most recent update Wednesday. Versions of the page Filed in the Internet Archive “Wayback Machine”.
Twitter has updated its rules to make it a violation of its privacy and media policy to “link to identifiable information that identifies travel routes, exact physical location, or location of another person.”
Other social media accounts created by Sweeney’s Tracking Mask Jet remain active, including those on Instagram and Telegram.
Special receivers can track the aircraft’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) address while the aircraft is in flight. A community of users of these receivers has formed to track aircraft all over the world.
Sweeney told CNBC that he started the Twitter account in June 2020 because he was a fan of field work at business moguls Tesla and SpaceX.
“Still, my dream car is definitely a Tesla,” Sweeney said.
He also told CNBC that Musk had previously offered to pay him $5,000 to take down the bill because it was a security risk.
“In the end, the last message from him was, ‘I don’t think it’s right to take this down,'” Sweeney said.
Even after Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion in October, he has touted his commitment to free speech, including restoring accounts linked to the Q-anon movement and other far-right accounts. But internally, he removed critics of his policies from the company.