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Dec 14 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc has suspended a bot account that tracked owner Elon Musk’s private jet, the account’s operator, Jack Sweeney, said on Twitter on Wednesday.

The Twitter account used information about Musk’s private jet movements in the public domain.

Later that day, Sweeney’s Twitter account was also suspended.

Musk tweeted in November that his commitment to free speech “extends not blocking my account following my plane, even though this is a direct personal safety risk.”

“Posting someone else’s location in real time violates Dox policy, but posting locations is fine,” Musk tweeted about the ban on Wednesday.

“Doxxing” is the public release of sensitive information that identifies an individual or organization, such as a home address or phone number.

Sweeney, a 20-year-old student at the University of Central Florida, has been tracking similar bot accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram while tracking Musk’s jet, Ella Irwin, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, tweeted on Saturday that the account was censored and less visible to users.

Twitter and Sweeney did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

In previous media interviews, Sweeney said he was closing the bot account in 2018. He said he turned down a $5,000 offer from Field in 2021.

Separately, Twitter accounts following billionaire tech entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were also banned.

Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Eva Mathews; Editing by Maju Samuel and Shonak Dasgupta

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