Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, has suspended ElonJet, a Twitter account that tracked the movements of Elon Musk’s private jet. The account following those of Jeff Bezos’ plane has not been suspended.
A disturbing coincidence? After two and a half years of existence, the Twitter account entitled ElonJet has just been suspended on December 14, 2022, because it does not “respect [would] not respect the rules of Twitter”. Its owner, the student, and developer Jack Sweeney posted the screenshot of the Twitter notification on his personal account.
“After a thorough investigation, we have decided that your account violates the rules of Twitter. Your account is now ‘read-only’, which means you cannot tweet, retweet, or like the content. You will also not be able to create new accounts,” it reads. When you click on the link to ElonJet on Twitter, you actually get a suspended account.
The ElonJet account was followed by more than 520,000 Internet users and had published 1,500 tweets detailing the movements of the billionaire’s private plane. The main objective, shared by several accounts that track the jet journeys of the world’s richest people, is to show Musk’s potentially abusive use of an extremely polluting means of transport, in contradiction with his grand ecological speeches. aiming to promote the merits of its Tesla electric cars to save the planet.
An example of a 48-minute flight “tracked” by Jack Sweeney Source: Instagram/ElonJet
Thanks to public data, Jack Sweeney broadcasts a summary table as well as a flight map each time private jet number N628TS (Musk’s) takes off into the air. This project now appears to be breaking Twitter’s rules — which paradoxically didn’t seem to be the case for the past two years, before Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Another coincidence, surely: the BezosJet Twitter account, also fed by Jack Sweeney, which follows the movements of the plane of billionaire Jeff Bezos, did not jump.
Since December 11, Jack Sweeney assured that Twitter was deliberately minimizing the visibility of the ElonJet account on the platform. He published in support a screenshot of a message that would have been sent to Ella Irwin, the new “product and trust manager” of Twitter, asking on Slack his teams to apply a “heavy filter of visibility” to the account . . This screenshot could not be verified.
Screenshots show Ella Irwin VP at Twitter Trust and Safety requesting elonjet to have heavy VF (visibility filtering) pic.twitter.com/ehHJpo4zQR— Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney)
Did absolute freedom of expression stop at the door of Elon Musk’s vexation?
Elon Musk completed the takeover of Twitter at the end of October 2022 and has been making big announcements ever since. Although he assures that the platform will be better thanks to his changes, the billionaire seems more and more entangled in a hell of a 44-billion-dollar nightmare.
Many Internet users have raised the palpable inconsistency between the official speech of Elon Musk, who says he is in favor of “absolute freedom of expression” and wants to bring back almost all the accounts banned on the platform… but who does not would not, it seems, apply this same flexibility with regard to accounts that mess with it. This is also not the only example: the new head of Twitter had quickly noticed that the parody accounts that abounded were only funny when they did not usurp… his own identity.
Fortunately, there are other platforms where Jack Sweeney still disseminates information about Elon Musk’s jet. So you can follow: