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Musk threatens legal action against Twitter user who tracked his jet

Musk threatens legal action against Twitter user who tracked his jet
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Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum's 2022 Halloween Party at Sake No Hana at Moxy LES on October 31, 2022.

Elon Musk attends a Halloween party in October. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Twitter clipped the wings of the account, which was actively pursued Elon Musk’s private jet, the account owner said Wednesday before his personal account was also suspended.

Why it matters: The suspensions raise questions about Musk’s commitment speak freely on Twitter, a value he has linked directly for his takeover of the platform.

  • Musk said in early November that his “commitment to freedom of expression” includes reporting after his plane.

The newest: Musk tweeted video late Wednesday of a man who appears to be University of Central Florida sophomore Jack Sweeney, the owner of the @elonjet account, in his car with the comment “Does anyone recognize this person or this car?” The video zoomed in on the license plate.

  • musk said Wednesday night that he is taking legal action against Sweeney and “organizations that have supported harm to my family.”
  • The Twitter owner explained The suspension reads, “Posting someone else’s location in real-time is against the doxxing policy, but posting locations delayed is fine.”
  • “Last night a car with Lil X in LA was being followed by a maniac stalker (who thought it was me) who later stopped the car from moving and climbed onto the hood,” Musk added.

Catch up fast: Sweeney tweeted Wednesday that “it appears that @ElonJet is suspended”.

late wednesday, Sweeney’s personal account, @JxckSweeneyappeared to be suspended.

  • “All my Twitter accounts have been suspended. Even my personal ones keep in touch with me,” Sweeney wrote Mastodon.
  • He also posted a screenshot showing that he was banned for violating “rules against platform manipulation and spam.”

  • Sweeney did not respond to Axios’ request for comment.

Context: In a thread from 12.10, Sweeney claimed his account was restricted and limited. Sweeney shared screenshots that he said were taken by Twitter staff and showed his account was heavily filtered.

  • He said two days later that his account was no longer hidden or filtered.
Screenshot of suspended notes.
Screenshot of suspended notes. Photo: Twitter @JxckSweeney

Flashback: muskwho Bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, said last month he would keep the jet-tracking account “even though it poses a direct personal security risk.”

Between the lines: Advertisers are watching closely how Musk’s Twitter moderates content and handles free speech cases.

go deeper: A timeline of the Musk-Twitter deal so far

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout with new details.

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