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- The college student who tracked Elon Musk’s jet on Twitter had over 30 of his accounts banned on Wednesday.
- Twitter also blocked anyone from sharing links to Sweeney’s accounts on other platforms.
- Musk said in November he would allow the account to remain due to his “commitment to free speech.”
Twitter on Wednesday banned an account that previously tracked Elon Musk’s private jet — but it also went a step further, banning anyone from sharing a link to similar accounts on other social media sites.
The @ElonJet Twitter account, run by college student Jack Sweeney, was suspended from the platform, despite Musk saying in November he would not ban the account due to his “commitment to free speech.” Sweeney told Insider at the time he was “pleased” that Musk would allow his account to remain.
“I kind of figured that was his stance because if it wasn’t people would be after him for saying one thing and then coming and banning my account,” Sweeney, who called himself a fan of Musk, said in November.
But on Wednesday the account — as well as more than 30 others that Sweeney used to track the private jets of celebrities — was suspended. Shortly after, Twitter announced an update to its “Private Information policy” that would “prohibit sharing someone else’s live location in most cases.”
“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,” the company said in a tweet.
In addition to blocking the Twitter account that tracked Musk’s jet, the platform has also banned sharing links to Sweeney’s @elonmusksjet Instagram account and his “Elon Musk’s Jet” Facebook page. When trying to tweet a link to the Instagram account as of Wednesday evening, Twitter returned an error message with the note: “We can’t complete this request because the link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”
Twitter has blocked sharing links to Instagram and Facebook pages that track his private jet.
In the updated policy, Twitter also stated that sharing links to sites that track real-time location would also be blocked, writing that prohibited live location information included “information shared on Twitter directly or links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes, actual physical location, or other identifying information that would reveal a person’s location, regardless if this information is publicly available.”
Sweeney told Insider’s Grace Kay on Wednesday that his personal Twitter account was suspended hours after his jet tracking accounts, which compiled and published publicly available data.
“I really didn’t think he’d suspend my personal account,” Sweeney said. “I didn’t think he’d do anything because of all the media attention he’d get.”
Sweeney, who previously said his account had been “shadow-banned,” also said he planned to continue tracking Musk’s jet on other platforms.
“I mean, fuck this guy,” he said. “This is ridiculous. My personal account doesn’t even track the planes. I’m going full-blast.”