Claims of Elon Musk’s plane and ‘crazy stalker’ explained
On December 14, 2022, Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted that his son, named X Æ A-12, had been chased the night before by a driver in Los Angeles. He blamed a man named Jack Sweeney, owner of the Twitter account @elonjet, who tracked Musk’s private jet and posted its current whereabouts in real time. This information allegedly provided the site to the person mentioned in Musk’s tweet to be a “crazy stalker”.
Sweeney’s plane-tracking account and personal account have been banned following Musk’s allegations of the incident in Los Angeles.
In this story, we’ll feature everything we know about the stalking and “BI” allegations, as well as other developments that occurred as a result of this news.
“Mad Stalker” allegations
Musk December 14th tweet It read, “Last night, a car carrying Lil X in Los Angeles was followed by a crazed stalker (thinking it was me), who later stopped the car from moving and climbed onto the hood of the car.” He added, “Legal action is being taken against Sweeney and the organizations that supported the harm of my family.”
Musk tweeted a video of the alleged stalker, who was driving a Hyundai brand car.
On December 15, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a statement saying that no reports of crime had been filed yet. We have independently confirmed that the LAPD’s statement was still accurate as of December 16th.
“The Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit is aware of the situation and a tweet from Elon Musk and is in contact with his representatives and security team. No crime reports have been filed yet,” the statement read.
As for banning Sweeney’s @elonjet handle and his personal account, Musk He said“Any account that extracts real-time location information of anyone will be suspended, as it is a violation of physical integrity. This includes posting links to sites that contain real-time location information.”
Merriam-Webster defines “dox” as “the identification or release of private (someone’s) private information as a form of punishment or retaliation.”
A common understanding of a poll is when a list of a person’s personal information is posted online, including known physical addresses where the person may live and work, as well as phone numbers, email addresses, and sometimes the same details about family members and close friends.
In a series of tweets, Musk asked users what the account’s punishment policies should be if questioned. “What should be the consequence of investigating a person’s exact location in real time? Suppose your child is at that location, as mine was,” chirp.
he is too added“Accounts participating in the investigation receive a temporary suspension for 7 days.”
Were the details of Musk’s plane public information?
One point of discussion on Twitter that resulted from all this news was whether Sweeney’s tracking of Musk’s plane used publicly available information to do so.
“My plane can’t actually be tracked without using non-public data,” Musk said chirp.
Podcaster Tim Paul chirp Sweeney “wasn’t going public” when he posted the location of Musk’s private jet. “Elon had a PIA that seeks to protect the privacy of entities that use private jets,” Paul said. musk agreedresponding to Pool with “Correct.”
According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website, “PIA” referred to ICAO Privacy Address Programs, which “enable interested aircraft owners to request an ICAO aircraft’s temporary alternate address, which will not be assigned to the owner in the Civil Aviation Register (CAR)”. The International Civil Aviation Organization is an acronym for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
pool too claimed One earlier tweet from Sweeney, which we have archived, showed that he “bragged” about being able to “write software” to get around the location privacy that was allegedly granted to Musk’s plane by the FAA program.
We’ve reached out to Sweeney and the FAA to clarify these matters. In an email to the FAA, we showed them the allegations made in Paul’s tweets. The FAA only provided this in a statement: “A flight can be tracked in ways such as a Freedom of Information Act request, flightradar24.com, flightaware.com, liveatc.com, ADSB Exchange, or an airport that departs frequently.” We have not received a response from Sweeney.
The journalist is forbidden
On the night of December 15, several journalists were denied access to Twitter, all of whom had either recently written or tweeted about Musk.
CNN journalist Donnie O’Sullivan was one of the reporters suspended permanently. O’Sullivan had previously posted the LAPD’s statement on Twitter before it was banned.
musk chirp That same evening, “the same rules of leverage apply to journalists as they do to everyone else.” Follow this Tweet with claimThey posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in direct (and clear) violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service. As noted by the Associated Press, Musk has provided no evidence for this claim.
Reuters reports that Twitter has updated its Policies On December 14th I blocked the sharing of “live location information”. According to the relevant section of the policy page, this included “information shared on Twitter directly, links to third-party URLs of travel itineraries, actual physical location, or other identifying information that would reveal a person’s location, regardless of whether such information available to the public.”
The report also shared more information about other journalists who were banned on the same night as O’Sullivan’s.
Times reporter Ryan Mac (@rmac18), CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan (@donie), Mashable correspondent Matt Binder @MattBinder, as well as freelance journalist Aaron Ropar (@atrupar), who covers the US, have also been suspended. Politics and politics.
Mac recently posted a number of Twitter threads commenting @elonjet and interviewed Jack Sweeney, the 20-year-old account operator.
A spokesperson for The New York Times Call The comment “is questionable and unfortunate. Neither The Times nor Ryan have received any explanation as to why this happened. We hope that all journalists’ accounts will be reinstated and that Twitter will provide a satisfactory explanation for this action.”
CNN He said It has asked Twitter for clarification regarding the suspensions and will re-evaluate its relationship with the platform based on this response.
On the evening of December 15th, Musk participated in an audio discussion on Twitter Spaces in which some journalists who had been blocked were still able to participate, apparently due to a bug. During the discussion, banned journalist Drew Harwell of The Washington Post confronted Musk about the developments.
The moment was captured and uploaded in a tweet by @ForeverEversley.
“absolute freedom of speech”
After he was banned, O’Sullivan said in a CNN interview that he did not post the live location of Musk’s plane, but simply tweeted “stories about what was going on” regarding Sweeney’s accounts being closed.
O’Sullivan added, “I think the bigger issue here is, of course, this is supposed to be the person with the absolute freedom of speech.”
Musk previously Referred to himself on Twitter as “absolute free speech”. he is too chirp many of times Before taking over Twitter as its owner regarding the desire to welcome freedom of speech.
For example, in April 2022, Musk chirp“I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter, because that’s what freedom of speech is all about.”
After allegations of stalking and blocking of journalists, he said addedCriticizing me all day is totally fine, but polling my location in real time and putting my family in danger is not.
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