During an interview for the site Protocol, 19-year-old Jack Sweeney reveals he received a private message from the billionaire asking him to close his @ElonJet Twitter account. “Could you remove that? It is a risk for my security”, asked Elon Musk. “I don’t like the idea of being shot by a lunatic.” The young man then tried to negotiate a Tesla Model 3. After several messages, Elon Musk offered him 5,000 dollars, an amount that Sweeney tried to raise to 50,000 dollars to “help him pay for his studies and buy a car. car, possibly a Model 3”.
This “Elon Musk vs. 19-year-old” case comes from the @ElonJet Twitter account, one of fifteen accounts managed by Jack Sweeney. He publishes every trip taken by the CEO of Tesla. Run by programs capable of analyzing public ADS-B data (the world’s largest public source of flight data) each account tracks a well-known tech personality like Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. As soon as one of their aircraft takes off or lands, the associated account tweets with its location. The account responsible for following Elon Musk is one of the most popular with more than 127,000 subscribers, much to the billionaire’s regret.
The 19-year-old revealed that he has been fascinated by the industry since he was young, with his father working in the airline industry. In the end, he made one last proposal to Elon Musk: deactivate the account in exchange for a job. Since the CEO would not have formulated any response, to which the young man replied: “I think he is on vacation in Hawaii if we look at the @ElonJet account”. The story isn’t over yet…