However, the teen refused the offer, countering with a demand of his own. Here’s how it all went down…
Elon Musk Is Nervous Over Flight Tracking
19-year-olf Jack Sweeney, from Florida, runs tracking accounts on Twitter, and one of them is @ElonJet. This and the 14 more flight tracking accounts that Sweeney runs, including those for Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos track movements of the private jets of the rich and famous all over the world. The accounts are run by bots that parse data and tweet it out, every time a plane lands or takes off.
I’ve rewriten my Twitter bot to support multiple planes and I’m now running multiple Twitter bots for certain of interest planes. https://t.co/wRBNU4Blc9
I’ve also created a discord https://t.co/hZ7uqEXepG
Feel free to send me suggestions for other planes.
— Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney) September 26, 2020
By far, @ElonJet is the most popular account and as reported by Protocol back on the 26th of January, had 83,000 followers.
So last fall, Musk reached out to Sweeney, with a DM that said, “Can you take this down? It is a security risk.”
Sweeney responded with a quick money-minded offer, writing, “Yes I can but it’ll cost you a Model 3 only joking unless?”
Sweeney Wants Compensation From Elon Musk
The Twitter handle @Elonjet now has over 200K followers to Musk’s DM, which said, “I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase” makes even more sense now. In the consequent DMs, Musk asked Sweeney how much he made from the Twitter handle every month and Sweeney honestly told him it was about $20 or so.
Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the account. This, according to Musk, would help him keep “crazy people” from tracking his location.
from the news Business Insider, Daily Mail, NYPost, On Balance with Leland etc lol pic.twitter.com/vqa6hBCRRl
— Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney) January 30, 2022
But Sweeney wanted Musk to add another zero to the number, writing, “Any chance to up that to $50k? It would be a great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car maybe even a Model 3.”
Musk replied that he’d think about it but since then, Sweeney seems to gave been ghosted by the billionaire, which is perfectly okay by Sweeney.
According to CNN, the last message exchange happened on Wednesday, January 19, where he said that Musk did not feel it was right “to pay to shut this down.” Sweeney was happy to counter offer, writing, “Options other than remuneration like an internship would make taking it down a lot easier.”
$5,000 Is Not ‘Enough’ For Sweeney
So many Hitlers! pic.twitter.com/52sUuPcB93
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 30, 2022
Landed near Harlingen, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 2 Hours : 16 Mins. pic.twitter.com/VKmkxfWyh7
— Elon Musk’s Jet (@ElonJet) January 31, 2022