Teen who tracks Elon Musk's private Jet is banned from Facebook

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By Carina Murphy

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A teenager who soared to fame on social media for tracking Elon Musk's private jet has just been banned by Facebook.

Aviation enthusiast Jack Sweeney, 19, found himself flying high in February when the Tesla boss reportedly asked him to delete his Twitter bot @elonjet.

Space X founder Musk allegedly argued that the social media account - which posts real-time updates of his Gulfstream jet's location - is a security risk.

But after fruitlessly bargaining with the teen, Musk gave up trying to have the account deactivated and simply blocked him on Twitter.

However, it looks like Musk isn't the only one taking umbrage with Sweeney's online activity. The University of Central Florida student took to Twitter today to reveal that he has come under fire from social media platform Meta, who removed his Facebook page dedicated to tracking Musk's jet.

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Sweeney shared a screenshot of a message sent to him by the Facebook team which read: "Hi Jack. Unfortunately your Page, Elon Musk's Jet has been unpublished because it violates Facebook Pages terms. This means that you can still see the Page, but other people won’t be able to see it and you won’t be able to add new people to work on your Page."

"If you think this is a mistake, please let us know," the message ends.

The teen tweeted the message, captioning it simply: "Really @facebook."

Musk's original attempts to have Sweeney's account taken down stalled when the 19-year-old made some hefty demands of the world's richest man.

In a direct message to Sweeney which the teenager has since made public to Insider, Musk wrote: "Can you take this down? It is a security risk. I don't love the idea of being shot by a nutcase."

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After a series of messages in which Sweeney explained how he was able to track Musks' jet - and argued that since he was making money off the account he wasn't going to delete it without compensation - the billionaire offered him a deal.

"How about $5k for this account and generally helping make it harder for crazy people to track me?" Musk wrote.

Sweeney took the offer as his cue to begin negotiations.

"Any chance to up that to $50K? It would be great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car, maybe even a [Tesla] Model 3," he responded.

Musk replied that he would consider the counter-offer before declining.

"It doesn’t feel right to pay to shut this down," he told Sweeney.

Featured Image Credit: John Angelillo/UPI

Teen who tracks Elon Musk's private Jet is banned from Facebook

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By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

A teenager who soared to fame on social media for tracking Elon Musk's private jet has just been banned by Facebook.

Aviation enthusiast Jack Sweeney, 19, found himself flying high in February when the Tesla boss reportedly asked him to delete his Twitter bot @elonjet.

Space X founder Musk allegedly argued that the social media account - which posts real-time updates of his Gulfstream jet's location - is a security risk.

But after fruitlessly bargaining with the teen, Musk gave up trying to have the account deactivated and simply blocked him on Twitter.

However, it looks like Musk isn't the only one taking umbrage with Sweeney's online activity. The University of Central Florida student took to Twitter today to reveal that he has come under fire from social media platform Meta, who removed his Facebook page dedicated to tracking Musk's jet.

wp-image-1263159142 size-full
Credit: Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy.

Sweeney shared a screenshot of a message sent to him by the Facebook team which read: "Hi Jack. Unfortunately your Page, Elon Musk's Jet has been unpublished because it violates Facebook Pages terms. This means that you can still see the Page, but other people won’t be able to see it and you won’t be able to add new people to work on your Page."

"If you think this is a mistake, please let us know," the message ends.

The teen tweeted the message, captioning it simply: "Really @facebook."

Musk's original attempts to have Sweeney's account taken down stalled when the 19-year-old made some hefty demands of the world's richest man.

In a direct message to Sweeney which the teenager has since made public to Insider, Musk wrote: "Can you take this down? It is a security risk. I don't love the idea of being shot by a nutcase."

wp-image-1263159147 size-full
Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar / Alamy.

After a series of messages in which Sweeney explained how he was able to track Musks' jet - and argued that since he was making money off the account he wasn't going to delete it without compensation - the billionaire offered him a deal.

"How about $5k for this account and generally helping make it harder for crazy people to track me?" Musk wrote.

Sweeney took the offer as his cue to begin negotiations.

"Any chance to up that to $50K? It would be great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car, maybe even a [Tesla] Model 3," he responded.

Musk replied that he would consider the counter-offer before declining.

"It doesn’t feel right to pay to shut this down," he told Sweeney.

Featured Image Credit: John Angelillo/UPI