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Twitter suspended bot account tracking Elon Musk’s plane, its operator said

Twitter suspended bot account tracking Elon Musk’s plane, its operator said

Twitter suspended bot account tracking Elon Musk’s plane, its operator said

Twitter suspended bot account tracking Elon Musk’s plane, its operator said

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  • Twitter suspended a bot account tracking Elon Musk’s private jet, the account’s operator alleged in a tweet.
  • The account followed the flight paths of Musk’s personal jet.
  • Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, had asked for the account to be filtered.
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Twitter suspended a bot account tracking Elon Musk’s private jet, the account’s operator alleged in a tweet. Using information in the public domain, the Twitter account followed the flight paths of Musk’s private jet.

Sweeney’s Twitter account was also temporarily disabled later that day. In a tweet from last November, Musk wrote that his dedication to free expression “extends even to not blocking the account tracking my plane, even though that is a clear personal safety risk.”

UCF student and bot account operator Sweeney, 20 years old, tweeted on Saturday that Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, had asked for the account to be filtered and less visible to users. Sweeney also runs similar bot accounts tracking Musk’s jet on Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram. Reuters’ inquiries for comment from Twitter and Sweeney were met with silence.

Sweeney has previously told the media that Musk offered him $5,000 in 2021 to delete the bot account, but he declined the offer. In a separate development, Twitter accounts that followed the private planes of computer moguls Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates were all deactivated.

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