Elon Musk offers a Florida teenager $5,000 for deleting a Twitter account that tracks his plane

February 1, 2022
Featured Stories , Startup News

Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old Florida resident, declined an offer of $5,000 from Elon Musk to delete his Twitter account, which monitors billionaires’ private jets.

“Can you take this down?,” Musk asked Sweeney. “It’s a security risk.”

ElonJet has more than 150,000 followers and uses a robot developed by Sweeney to control Musks’ journeys. The source will then tweet when and where the plane will fly or land, and the duration of each trip.This college student has created about ten other flying bot accounts that follow the journeys of high-tech titans, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO are finally offering the teenager $ 5,000 to stop the “crazy people” from watching Musk’s flights. Sweeney responded with a request for $50,000 and said he could use the money for college and possibly Tesla (TSLA) Model 3. The last message exchange was Wednesday, Jan. 19, when Musk said it didn’t feel right “to pay to shut this down.”

Sweeney said he has been a SpaceX fan since the first launch of Falcon Heavy in 2018. His father worked for the airline, which sparked his interest in aviation. Sweeney offered Musk some technical advice and told the billionaire about a blocking program he could use to combat flight tracking programs…What would you do if you were Musk?

 

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