Jack Sweeney, 19, has been tracking new Twitter CEO Elon Musk's private Gulfstream jet since 2020 by obtaining public Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data. He has created a Twitter automated page called @ElonJet to keep his followers updated with Musk's whereabouts
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A teenage college student claims to have made ‘backup plans’ to keep on tracking billionaire and new big-tech CEO Elon Musk’s private jet in the event that his Twitter page is deleted from the social media platform after the Tesla CEO’s $44billion acquisition was announced this week.

University of Central Florida student Jack Sweeney, 19, created the automated Twitter bot @ElonJet in 2020, using public Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data to track when Musk’s $70 million Gulfstream private jet lands and takes off.

However, in the aftermath of his purchase of Twitter this week, questions remain over the approach that the SpaceX founder will take to tackle the issues of free speech and moderation, and Sweeney fears Musk won’t allow him to keep his page alive. 

‘​​It’s hard to think that he wouldn’t do something,’ Sweeney told Business Insider on Monday.

‘Elon at the recent ted talk ‘A top priority I would have is eliminating the spam and scam bots and the armies that are on Twitter’ Would he include my bot and others that are of actual use or just spambots?,’ he also tweeted that day.    

Jack Sweeney, 19, has been tracking new Twitter CEO Elon Musk's private Gulfstream jet since 2020 by obtaining public Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data. He has created a Twitter automated page called @ElonJet to keep his followers updated with Musk's whereabouts

Jack Sweeney, 19, has been tracking new Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s private Gulfstream jet since 2020 by obtaining public Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data. He has created a Twitter automated page called @ElonJet to keep his followers updated with Musk’s whereabouts

Sweeney's jet tracking account, @ElonJet, tweeted 21 hours ago that Musk's most recent travel destination was Austin, Texas. The billionaire travelled 41 minutes in the air from Brownsville, where he operates a SpaceX facility

Sweeney’s jet tracking account, @ElonJet, tweeted 21 hours ago that Musk’s most recent travel destination was Austin, Texas. The billionaire travelled 41 minutes in the air from Brownsville, where he operates a SpaceX facility

In a series of Tweets shared on Monday, Sweeney voiced his fears that his jet tracking page, which has 427,500-followers, would be removed from Twitter after Musk officialized the social media platform's $44 billion purchase earlier in the same day

In a series of Tweets shared on Monday, Sweeney voiced his fears that his jet tracking page, which has 427,500-followers, would be removed from Twitter after Musk officialized the social media platform’s $44 billion purchase earlier in the same day

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk walks off his Gulfstream G650ER business jet, valued at $70million, in February 2022

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk walks off his Gulfstream G650ER business jet, valued at $70million, in February 2022

Sweeney’s concerns stem from the online conversation he had with his idol last year when Musk asked him to stop tracking his jet.

In November, the South African-Canadian-American tycoon reportedly contacted Sweeney and offered the coder $5,000 to delete his jet tracking account, claiming security concerns were the main reason for his reluctance to have his location shared publicly at all times.  

However, Sweeney rejected the four-digit offer and instead made his own demands: a $50,000 pay-out, and an internship or a Tesla Model 3, according to screenshots of their conversation shared online at the time.

Now that Musk broke the bank to become Twitter’s CEO by buying every single one of the company’s stock at $54.20 per share, Sweeney said that he might just spike his offer. 

​​’It would definitely have to be a pretty good deal now, because it’s gone on for so long,’ Sweeney added. ‘Definitely a Tesla, fully paid for and everything.’ 

If his increased counter offer is rejected, then Sweeney will have to rely on his Telegram, Facebook and other social media accounts to keep on tracking Musk – if he’s kicked off Twitter.

Sweeney's concerns that his popular @ElonJet page might be removed are based on an online conversation he had with Musk in November 2021. The Tesla CEO asked the teen to take the account down as it poses as a 'security risk' for him and even offered him $5,000 to do it. The University of Central Florida student, however, countered Musk's offer and asked for $50k, an internship at Tesla or a brand new Tesla model 3

Sweeney’s concerns that his popular @ElonJet page might be removed are based on an online conversation he had with Musk in November 2021. The Tesla CEO asked the teen to take the account down as it poses as a ‘security risk’ for him and even offered him $5,000 to do it. The University of Central Florida student, however, countered Musk’s offer and asked for $50k, an internship at Tesla or a brand new Tesla model 3

In 2016 Elon Musk purchased a $66.5 million Gulfstream G650ER, (model pictured) a favorite aircraft among the one percent - including Cristiano Ronaldo and Jeff Bezos

In 2016 Elon Musk purchased a $66.5 million Gulfstream G650ER, (model pictured) a favorite aircraft among the one percent – including Cristiano Ronaldo and Jeff Bezos 

The Gulfstream G650ER jets (model pictured) feature fold up tables stowed at the side of the plane can be combined to form a large dining room table to feed any guest on board

The Gulfstream G650ER jets (model pictured) feature fold up tables stowed at the side of the plane can be combined to form a large dining room table to feed any guest on board

The jet (model pictured) also features a spacious laboratory and four large living room spaces featuring cream-colored leather seats and wood furniture

The jet (model pictured) also features a spacious laboratory and four large living room spaces featuring cream-colored leather seats and wood furniture

The teen has also constantly faced online backlash for sharing Musk’s travels. He once revealed how he received a flurry of ‘really abusive’ messages from Musk’s fans questioning the morality of his page’s activity since its creation two years ago.

‘There are some on Twitter who don’t like what I am doing,’ Sweeney once told The Independent. ‘I get rude direct messages, but the really bad ones I report and the accounts are eventually taken down.’ 

Musk, who proclaims to be a  free speech advocate, released a statement on Monday saying that would like his ‘worst critics’ to remain on Twitter, providing hope to Sweeney that his 427,500-followers account will remain active in the long run. 

‘I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,’ Musk wrote.

Sweeney shared a tweet in response to the billionaire, saying: ‘His recent tweet seems to make it seem id stay, but if he considers @ElonJet a security risk rather than a critic then I’m probably gone.’

After Monday's big announcement, Musk shared on Twitter that he hoped that even his 'worst critics' remain on the social media platform, 'because that is what free speech means.' Many wonder how the billionaire will tackle moderation after the takeover

After Monday’s big announcement, Musk shared on Twitter that he hoped that even his ‘worst critics’ remain on the social media platform, ‘because that is what free speech means.’ Many wonder how the billionaire will tackle moderation after the takeover

Musk's tweet gave Sweeney hope that he could continue to track the SpaceX founder's travel activity, but also said that 'if he considers @ElonJet a security risk rather than a critic then I'm probably gone'

Musk’s tweet gave Sweeney hope that he could continue to track the SpaceX founder’s travel activity, but also said that ‘if he considers @ElonJet a security risk rather than a critic then I’m probably gone’

Later, after the purchase was officially announced, Musk shared his vision of what there is to come through a company statement: ‘Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.’

He also plan to improve Twitter by adding subscription deals, adding new features such as the ‘edit’ button, sharing more transparency on the platform’s algorithms and removing spam bots.

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