A Florida teenager has blasted Elon Musk for permanently suspending his Twitter account that tracked the billionaire’s private jet all over the world.
On Wednesday, the Twitter chief banned @ElonJet, which was created by Jack Sweeney in 2020 and has been publishing details of Musk’s movements ever since.
However, the 19-year-old had predicted the suspension – and has already directed his followers to back-up pages on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram.
Sweeney has been tracking Musk’s private Gulfstream jet by obtaining public Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data.
But today he called Musk a ‘full-on hypocrite’, saying the Tesla CEO had vowed earlier this year to keep the account up following his $44billion takeover of the tech giant.
‘This is insane, my phone’s going f*****g nuts,’ Sweeney told The New York Post.
‘He really is asking for it because it’s just going to get worse in the news. [Musk is] going to be called a full-on hypocrite.’
When asked if he also thinks Musk is a ‘full-on hypocrite,’ Sweeney replied: ‘Yeah, it would seem so.’
In an interview with NewsNation on Tuesday, Sweeney was questioned about Musk’s commitment to free speech, which the teen believes may have ‘pushed Musk over the edge.’
‘I was on TV last night so that might have had something to do with it,’ he said.
Sweeney said he thinks Musk will justify the ban by claiming it is part of his pledge to purge the site of bot and spam accounts – adding @ElonJet uses a bot created by him.
‘I bet that’s how he’s going to be playing this off,’ Sweeney said. ‘No bots are allowed, good or bad.’
Other Twitter handles which monitor the private jet movements of other billionaires, including Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates, remain active as of Wednesday morning, Sweeney noted.
Another flight-monitoring handle which tracks support aircraft working for NASA also remains functioning as per normal.