SOCIAL MEDIA – Do as I say, not as I do. Elon Musk officially took direction of the social network Twitter last October, and has made freedom of expression a fundamental rule on the blue bird. A principle that he seems to have already forgotten, since Wednesday, December 14, Twitter closed the Elon Jet account followed by 500,000 subscribers responsible for tracking the routes of Elon Musk’s private jets.
As you can see in the video at the top of this article, Elon Musk even claimed to be preparing lawsuits against the creator of the @ElonJet account, Jack Sweeny, a 20-year-old computer science student. He emphasizes the safety of his family, using the example of his son, who is already being followed by a stalker due to geolocation. For the new head of the social network, it is also the safety of all users that is at stake: tracking flights and their destinations would thus amount to “doxxing”, the fact of harming someone by spreading their personal information on the Internet.
Flight tracking has become a little game for many Internet users, allowing them to follow the movements of personalities, such as Lionel Messi’s arrival at PSG or Drake and Taylor Swift’s carbon footprint. However, nothing in the law prevents them from doing so because aircraft tracking uses public data which is freely available. Furthermore, this practice does not provide the identity of the aircraft’s passengers.
Many internet users have raised the inconsistency in the official discourse of Elon Musk, who wants to bring back banned accounts like those of Donald Trump, but would not apply the same flexibility regarding accounts mentioning him. By early 2022, the multi-billionaire had already offered $5,000 to Jack Sweeny, the creator of the Elon Jet, to permanently close the account.
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