Elon Musk is threatening to pursue authorized motion towards a person who arrange a bot account on Twitter to trace the actions of the billionaire’s personal jet.
Musk had vowed to not ban the account final month, however Twitter on Wednesday suspended it and different jet trackers because the platform up to date its doxxing coverage to ban the sharing of people’ dwell location data.
Jack Sweeney, who ran the jet tracker, used publicly out there flight information to automate the account, however the brand new coverage bans location data even when it exists within the public area.
Musk additionally pointed to a different particular person he stated was following a automobile carrying his 2-year-old son, X Æ A-12. Musk related the incident to the jet tracker, posting a video of the alleged particular person and asking customers to determine them.
“Final evening, automobile carrying lil X in LA was adopted by loopy stalker (considering it was me), who later blocked automobile from shifting & climbed onto hood,” Musk wrote. “Authorized motion is being taken towards Sweeney & organizations who supported hurt to my household.”
Sweeney’s trackers stay energetic on different platforms, together with Instagram and Fb.
The Hill has reached out to Sweeney for remark.
Musk had pledged to return “free speech” to Twitter upon taking up the corporate in late October, railing towards the platform’s previous content material moderation insurance policies.
“My dedication to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my airplane, though that could be a direct private security danger,” Musk wrote on Nov. 6.
However weeks later, Musk reversed and banned Sweeney’s accounts monitoring his and different billionaires’ jets, in addition to his private deal with.
“Any account doxxing real-time location data of anybody shall be suspended, as it’s a bodily security violation,” Musk wrote on Wednesday as Twitter up to date its coverage. “This consists of posting hyperlinks to websites with real-time location data. Posting places somebody traveled to on a barely delayed foundation isn’t a security drawback, so is okay.”