Jet-Watcher Teen Jack Sweeney Reacts to Elon Musk’s Legal Threat: ‘It’s a Bluff’

Jack Sweeney, the college student whose Twitter account was suspended this week for tracking Elon Musk’s private jet, says he isn’t intimidated by the tech mogul’s threats to sue him, at least not yet.

The 19-year-old freshman said she was “talking to a few people” about a possible lawsuit filed by the world’s second-richest man. his net worth is estimated by Forbes 175.6 billion

In the meantime, Sweeney said he’ll be looking for any letters in the mail.

“I think it’s a bluff, but we’ll have to see,” Sweeney told The Post when reached at his home Thursday morning. “It’s hard to say.”

“We’ll have to see if I get official word on anything,” Sweeney told The Post.

Hours after the @Elonjet account was suspended, Sweeney, who called Musk a “total hypocrite” in an interview with The Post, said he was still going over a recent tweet from Twitter’s new owner, which he said was the college’s threatened legal action against the freshman. .

Jack Sweeney told The Post that he thinks Elon Musk is bluffing by threatening to sue.
Courtesy Jack Sweeney

Musk took to Twitter late Wednesday to tweet that someone driving a car with California license plates was following the car carrying his young son.

“Last night in LA Lil X was followed by a crazy stalker (who thought it was me) who then blocked traffic and climbed on the hood,” Musk wrote.

Musk then tweeted, “Legal action is being taken against organizations that support harming Sweeney and my family,” implying that Sweeney’s flight-tracking Twitter handle may have been to blame.

Sweeney called Musk a “complete hypocrite” for banning him from tracking flights on Twitter after promising to keep him working.

In an interview with The Post on Thursday, Sweeney scoffed at the idea that his flight tracking account could be used to stalk Musk or his family.

“This is a car [and not a plane,” Sweeney said. “And that supposed incident would have been 24 hours after the last tweet from my account, which is a big time difference.”

“That’s trying to link something that’s just crazy.”

Sweeney told The Post on Thursday that he thinks Musk may have been retaliating against him for tweeting a screenshot of an internal Slack message that the teen says he obtained from a Twitter employee.

“It’s all a weird sequence of events a week after I released leaked Twitter messages about my account being shadowbanned,” Sweeney said on Thursday.

Musk has claimed that Sweeney's handle posed a personal safety risk.
Musk has claimed that Sweeney’s handle posed a personal safety risk.

When asked if he thought Musk was seeking revenge on Sweeney for publicizing the leak, Sweeney told The Post: “To me, it’s weird timing.”

“I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s really strange to me,” he said. “We already know that Elon was mad about people sharing leaked messages already and he wanted the employees to sign something that they wouldn’t leak stuff.”

In his Twitter thread late Wednesday, Musk posted a short video clip showing the driver of the car that allegedly tailed his son.

Musk alleged that someone was tailing the car carrying his young son in Los Angeles -- and implied that Sweeney's @Elonjet account may have played a role.
Musk alleged that someone was tailing the car carrying his young son in Los Angeles — and implied that Sweeney’s @Elonjet account may have played a role.

The video shows a man dressed in all black wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The driver’s face is covered by a mask.

“Anyone recognize this person or car?” Musk tweeted.

Los Angeles police told The Post they do not have information on the incident.

Sweeney told The Post that his @Elonjet handle only posts a tweet after a plane has taken off.

“I don’t notify ahead of time before takeoff,” he said.

Musk posted a video showing a man who he claims was stalking his young son.
Musk posted a video showing a man who he claims was stalking his young son.

Twitter, which Musk acquired more than a month ago for $44 billion, also banned Sweeney’s other flight-tracking accounts that monitored the private jets of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and assorted Russian oligarchs.

Sweeney said he was surprised to see that Twitter also banned his own personal account.

The @Elonjet Twitter handle was suspended.
The @Elonjet Twitter handle was suspended.

Earlier this week, tech journalist Zoë Schiffer of Platformer reported that she obtained a leaked email that Musk sent to Twitter staffers warning of legal action if they reveal confidential information to the press.

“As evidenced by the many detailed leaks of confidential Twitter information, a few people at our company continue to act in a manner contrary to the company’s interests and in violation of their NDA,” the Musk email said.

“This will be said only once: If you clearly and deliberately violate the NDA that you signed when you joined, you accept liability to the full extent of the law & Twitter will immediately seek damages.”


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