The account owner tracking Elon Musk's jet faces the risk of being jailed after the billionaire threatened legal action. On Wednesday, Elon Musk reported that the car carrying his son was reportedly attacked by an unknown human who thought he (Elon Musk) was inside the car.
Before the attack was made, Elon Musk had tweeted saying that accounts such as that of Jack Sweeney would be banned for providing sensitive information to the public.
"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 said.
About an hour after he made this post, Elon Musk made a post with video evidence saying that his son was attacked by someone who thought Elon Musk was inside the car. In the video, a man was truly following the car carrying his son with a mask on his face; Elon Musk was lucky to get the car's registration number.
"Last night, a car carrying lil X in LA was followed by a crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked the car from moving & climbed onto Hood. Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family," Elon Musk said in a tweet.
All About the Jack Sweeney Elon Musk Jet Saga
Long before there was anything like Elon Musk Twitter, Jack Sweeney, a student, has been stalking the location of all the private the billionaire uses.
Jack Sweeney is a student from the University of Florida, and he rose to fame on the internet when he provided the location of billionaires in real-time. He knew exactly where and when the private jet of billionaires such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos was moving. Before Elon Musk Twitter, the young student would publish the location of the Elon Musk jet online, which made him gain much popularity.
Apparently, the Florida student circumvents the data from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and makes use of the information to detect the location of any private jet. The aviation industry is still trying to find a way to stop such things from happening.
But the event raised many questions within the aviation sector as it appeared that customers' security could be compromised anytime.
"The real-time tracking and online broadcasting of business aviation flights—by anyone, anywhere in the world, with any motive—raises many serious concerns, including with regard to passenger security, safety and corporate espionage. These concerns have been repeatedly reflected in bipartisan congressional legislation requiring the FAA to provide an opt-out from real-time flight tracking," NBAA told Forbes.
Twitter Policies are Now Different
Elon Musk Twitter brought many changes to the social media platform, including the terms and policies on social media. After making the newspaper for following billionaires, the Jack Sweeney Elon Musk Jet saga made the news again when the young student complained of Twitter shadow-banning his profile.
The Twitter policy has changed, and part of the new policy reads, "When someone shares an individual's live location on Twitter, there is an increased risk of physical harm. Moving forward, we'll remove Tweets that share this information, and accounts dedicated to sharing someone else's live location will be suspended."