Shortly after resetting the The account of Florida college student Jack Sweeney, which tracked the location of Elon Musk’s private jet, Twitter decided to suspend it again.
The account was initially suspended on Wednesday, December 14. Moments later, Twitter reinstated the account, but later deleted it again.
The company said that updated its “private information” policy “to prohibit sharing another person’s live location in most cases.”
“When someone shares an individual’s live location on Twitter, there is an increased risk of physical harm. In the future we will remove Tweets that share this information and accounts dedicated to sharing another person’s live location will be suspended.”the company said.
Musk later reaffirmed the position of the tech giant, which he acquired for $44 billion, through his same account on the social network. There he said that “Any account that provides real-time location information of anyone will be suspended, as it is a breach of physical security.”
Musk’s recent actions have led to questions about his stance as a “free speech absolutist” and his promise to allow free speech on the social media platform.
Musk last month said he would allow the Twitter account, which has 530,000 followers, to continue. “My commitment to free speech extends even by not banning the account that follows my plane, even though that is a direct risk to personal safety”he said on that occasion.
The billionaire also recently said it’s okay to post locations someone traveled to “a little late.”
After the suspension of his personal account and the one that tracked Elon Musk’s plane, Sweeney was surprised. Accounts tracking the jet flights of Mark Zuckerberg, John Kerry and Donald Trump were also suspended.
In response, the student created a Mastodon account to further track Musk’s plane through the use of public air traffic data to track the plane’s flights.
The news comes in the middle of the series of changes that Musk has applied in the technology company after his arrival, which includes the dismissal of personnel and contemplates the increase in the collection of verified accounts.
Musk recently ceased to be the richest man in the world after losing more than $5.7 billion in recent days. The place is now occupied by Bernard Arnault, the CEO of the French giant LVMH, who amasses a fortune of $188.6 billion.
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Source: La Opinion