Jack Sweeney, who tracked the private jets of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, is banned. According to Sweeney, Facebook disabled his account for tracking. Sweeney shared on Twitter a screenshot of a notification sent to him by Facebook. The message said Sweeney’s page tracking Musk’s private jet is not public. This is because it violates Facebook Page Policies. A Facebook spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sweeney said Facebook’s email did not reveal more details. It did not say the reason for the ban, a move that caused the bot he used to track Musk’s private jet to crash on other sites. “I filed a complaint and never heard back,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida whose pages track the private jets of celebrities like Musk and Zuckerberg, have also been restricted in the past. Facebook Pages may be removed for posting misleading content, promoting hate speech, or violating the site’s community standards. This includes “content that may compromise personal safety.”

Sweeney previously said he did not believe the accounts posed a significant security threat. This is because the data is already available through public air traffic tracking sites such as the ADS-B Exchange. He also claims that he simply tweets the data through bots that scrub the site.

Sweeney still has another Instagram account

Sweeney has no other private jet tracking accounts on Facebook. But Instagram didn’t delete the duplicate @elonmusksjet account. In comparison, the Instagram page only has about 11,000 followers. However, the @ElonJet Twitter account has nearly half a million followers.

In the past, Sweeney has said he was concerned that social media might try to ban his account. After learning of Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, he had to create backup Facebook and Instagram pages. Sweeney first created the @ElonJet account in June 2020 and made headlines in January after Musk offered to pay him $5,000 to shut down the Twitter account. The billionaire told Sweeney that he feared for his safety and didn’t like the idea of ​​being shot by a stranger. Sweeney rejected Musk’s offer and asked for $50,000, which Musk refused.

Musk isn’t the only one Sweeney has tracked down. In May, the student said he spotted Zuckerberg’s new private jet. Previously, the Facebook founder appeared to switch planes shortly after Sweeney first tweeted about his whereabouts. While Sweeney initially rejected Musk’s offer, he said he wasn’t opposed to removing the tracking account at the right price. Earlier this year, he said he unfollowed billionaire investor Mark Cuban’s plane on Twitter in exchange for offering him business advice.


Facebook user banned for tracking Musk, Zuckerberg’s private jets

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