David versus Goliath: @ElonJet edition

According to this report via Business Insider (see also the Tweets posted below), it looks like Elon Musk has secretly attempted to “shadowban” (i.e. censor) a popular Twitter account called @ElonJet, which tracks the movements of Musk’s private jet in real time using publicly-available data. The creator of this automated account is a super-smart and charismatic college student, Jack Sweeney, and as of today, his @ElonJet account has over 518,000 followers. (As an aside, Sweeney attends the University of Central Florida, where I have been teaching since 2014.) About a year ago, if I recall correctly, Musk had DM’d Sweeney and offered him $5,000 to stop tracking his private jet, while Sweeney countered with $50,000. (See here, for example.) So, how much does Musk value his privacy? Rather than cough up the $50,000 or bargain with Sweeney in good faith, in January of 2022 the world’s richest man ghosted the student and began buying shares of Twitter instead. (See here.) Coincidence?

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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