The college student who tracked Elon Musk’s private jet on social media claimed the Tesla CEO had double standards regarding Twitter’s tolerance for tweets disclosing the whereabouts of individuals in real-time.
Jack Sweeney told Insider that he found a Twitter account named @HoggNFL that tweeted the location of a jet that reportedly had passengers including Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the United Kingdom; 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.”
I'm gonna have to report this. If I get banned for it posting live, so will others.— ElonJet but Delayed (@ElonJetNextDay) March 7, 2023
Sweeney said other people also reported the tweets. However, an email response from Twitter stated that “HoggNFL has not broken any security policies,” it 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.”
Other Twitter accounts tracking celebrities’ jets, including @ElonJet and @ZuccJet, were suspended in December after Musk took control of Twitter. The billionaire said that posting live locations was a “physical security breach”.
Earlier last year, Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to stop sharing flight information. Sweeney said he would for $50,000, but Musk never followed through.
Following the suspension of the college student’s accounts, Twitter updated its personal information policy to prohibit users from sharing the live locations of individuals, which forced them to delay a flight by 24 hours to comply with the new policies.
Information Source: BI
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