Elon Musk Changes His Mind and Suspends Twitter Account He Said Was Protected by Free Speech

An account that gave real-time updates on Musk's private jet usage has been zapped.

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By Entrepreneur Staff • Dec 15, 2022 Originally published Dec 13, 2022

Two days ago, Jack Sweeney, the user behind @ElonJet, an automated account that gives real-time information on Elon Musk's private jet travels, went on Twitter to share the ups and downs of getting shadowbanned (meaning his account's reach and discoverability were suppressed by the platform).

Today, it isn't being shadowbanned anymore — it's fully suspended.

Musk, who previously stated that he didn't like the account but would let it exist due to his commitment to free speech, posted: "Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info. Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn't a safety problem, so is ok."

Twitter user Jack Sweeney is the person behind @ElonJet, an automated account that tracks the comings and goings of Elon Musk's personal jet — without Musk's approval, it should be noted.

Last week, Sweeney went on Twitter with what he called "My Twitter Files," accusing Musk and the platform of shadowbanning the account.

In the thread, Sweeney wrote:

"Internal messages obtained by a anonymous Twitter employee explained to me that on "Dec 2 2022 your account @elonjet was visibility limited/restricted to a severe degree internally."

As evidence, he shared this screenshot reading: "Screenshots show Ella Irwin VP at Twitter Trust and Safety requesting elonjet to have heavy VF (visibility filtering)"

He later wrote that the situation seems to have been remedied, stating "It appears @ElonJet is [no] longer banned or hidden in anyway. I think Twitter noticed my tweets and back tracked. Guilty in my book."

Related: Elon Musk's Demanding Daily Routine

As reported by Business Insider, Sweeney operates more than 30 plane-tracking accounts that publicly display the private jet travel patterns of people including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft's Bill Gates.

As of press time, those accounts have been suspended, too.

Related: Elon Musk's New Private Jet Is Something to Behold. But How Bad Is It for the Climate?

While Musk has said that this account poses a security risk for him and other wealthy travelers, he has stated that he wouldn't shut it down because of his commitment to free speech on Twitter.

Related: What Leaders Can Learn From Elon Musk's Unorthodox Twitter Takeover

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