Elon Musk does not want his location to be known.
To track Elon Musk’s private jet in real time, you’ll have to use binoculars or access publicly available data. Twitter has suspended the account that tracked Musk’s plane and changed its rules to prohibit sharing live location information.
Jack Sweeney, a college student, created @ElonJet, which had approximately 500,000 followers at the time of its suspension. Musk stated unequivocally in early November that he would not ban the account as evidence of his commitment to free speech. Yesterday, however, the account was terminated; hours later, after Sweeney addressed the media, his other jet tracking accounts and personal account were also terminated.
Musk’s claims that he is committed to transparency at Twitter drew immediate attention to the modifications. He has granted personally selected journalists access to internal company files that, according to him, reveal the former leadership’s intent to stifle conservative viewpoints (though some experts dispute this interpretation).
What then? Sweeney continues to track jets on other platforms (and the data transmitted by airplane transponders is still searchable), but Twitter’s updated rules prohibit even linking to such information. In the meantime, Musk tweeted that Sweeney was facing “legal action.” —MK, AR.