The family of the college student who tracks Elon Musk’s jet said they ‘can’t really believe it won’t just go away’
- Elon Musk threatened legal action against the college student who tracks his private jet on Twitter.
- Jack Sweeney told Insider his family is “amazed” that Musk is so bothered by his tracking account.
- His account, @ElonJet, was suspended on Wednesday, before being brought back then suspended again.
The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet on Twitter said his family “can’t really believe it won’t just go away,” after his account was suspended and Musk threatened legal action against him.
Jack Sweeney told Insider that he was home with his mom when he saw Musk’s tweet about suing him and others “who supported harm to my family.”
“I think they were just amazed at how this keeps on going on and how Elon is so bothered by it,” Sweeney said about his family. “They can’t really believe it won’t just go away.”
Twitter suspended Sweeney’s account tracking Musk’s jet, @ElonJet, on Wednesday, along with over 30 other jet-tracking accounts Sweeney runs for celebrity jets, like those used by Taylor Swift and Mark Zuckerberg.
Sweeney’s personal Twitter account was also suspended.
Musk tweeted, “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.” He said sharing locations “on a slightly delayed basis” “is ok.”
He replied to his tweet by saying a car carrying his son, X, in Los Angeles “was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood.”
“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” Musk tweeted.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
Sweeney told Insider he doesn’t know what the relevance of the incident is to him since he only tracks Musk’s private jet, and Musk isn’t always a passenger on it.
When he first saw Musk’s tweet about suing him, Sweeney told Insider he “was really surprised, maybe for a couple of seconds,” before his rational thoughts set in.
“It seems like he’s just trying to scare me and it’s not going to work,” he said.
Sweeney just finished finals at the University of Central Florida, and is starting winter break.
“I wanted to come home and have a break because I wanted to catch up on stuff and now everything is just nuts,” Sweeney said.
On CNN, Sweeney’s grandmother said it’s “kind of scary” to see her grandson go up against one of the world’s richest men.
When asked what her message to Musk is, his grandmother said, “Oh, he better not forget that I’m his grandma, that’s all I gotta say.”
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