Update 12/15/2022 9:07am ET: Elon Musk finally added comments about the banning fiasco after 7pm ET/4pm PT yesterday, December 14th. He stated that “Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation.”
Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info.
Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
According to Musk, posting information about the location someone has already travelled to “on a slightly delayed basis” isn’t a safety issue. However, real-time location sharing, or sharing locations where someone is traveling is a strict no on Twitter moving forward.
He added, because of accounts that track his private jet, a car carrying “lil X” (his son X Æ A-Xii) in LA was followed by stalker that thought it was Musk. Subsequently, the stalker blocked the vehicle from moving and climbed onto its hood. According to Musk, “Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family.”
The original story is below:
A famous Twitter account that had been constantly tracking Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s private jet has been suspended.
The account, @ElonJet, used publicly available information to follow which airports Musk’s private jet flew to, and shared the updated on Twitter. Notably, the person who ran the account, @jxckSweeney has also been suspended.
So much for freedom of speech?
My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
Before the @jxckSweeney account was banned, Sweeney said that screenshots provided by a Twitter employee indicated that the social media company was limiting the @ElonJet account’s reach, essentially shadow-banning it.
Back in January, Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to take down the account and stop tracking his whereabouts, saying that it is a security risk, even though the information used by Sweeney was available publicly, and he just broadcasted it to his audience on Twitter. At the time, Sweeney declined Musk’s offer and said, “Any chance to up that to $50k? It would be great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car maybe even a Model 3.”
It is currently unknown why both of Sweeney’s accounts were banned, but we’ll hopefully hear about it soon, likely from Musk himself.