Teen who famously tracks Elon Musk’s jet has been banned from Facebook

Gabriella Ferlita

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Teen who famously tracks Elon Musk’s jet has been banned from Facebook

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A teenager who famously tracks Elon Musk’s jet has been banned from Facebook.

Jack Sweeney has been in the public eye since January after he took it on himself to track the private charter flights of the likes of Kylie Jenner, as well as the Tesla CEO.

But now, the University of Central Florida student has come under fire with the Meta social media platform as his page dedicated to Musk’s aerospace movements has been taken down from the site.

Elon Musk in front of a SpaceX shuttle. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Elon Musk in front of a SpaceX shuttle. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Taking to Twitter on 23 September, the UberJets software writer shared a message he received from the Facebook team which read: “Hi Jack,

“Unfortunately your Page, Elon Musk’s Jet has been unpublished because it violates Facebook Pages terms. This means that you can still see the Page, but other people won’t be able to see it and you won’t be able to add new people to work on your Page.

“If you think this is a mistake, please let us know.”

With Jack simply sharing the screenshot and adding, “Really @facebook,” it’s not clear at the time of writing what terms Jack violated with his Page for it to be taken down.

UNILAD has contacted a representative of Meta for further comment on this.

Previously, Jack made headlines when he discovered that Musk allegedly took private flights even shorter than Jenner’s infamous 17-minute journey.

The teen alleged that Musk flew more than once from Los Angeles International Airport to Hawthorne Airport – a journey which is just around six miles apart from point A to B and is considerably shorter than Jenner’s denounced 40-mile flight on 12 July.

Sweeney told CNBC Make It in a previous interview about his findings: “There are so many reasons they have to be surprised. The fact that [flights] are even trackable, that it’s a celebrity and it’s a quick flight.”

In June 2020, Sweeney wrote code to transfer Musk's flight data from public websites – which track location, altitude and speed from federal regulated airplanes – and arranged to auto-publish to his Twitter account @ElonJet.

Within months, the page garnered quite a lot of attention. Now, the handle has an impressive 487.9K followers, with Sweeney having written new code to follow other celebrity airplanes and add them to his roster, he previously told CNBC Make It in an interview.

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Topics: Technology, Elon Musk, Facebook

Gabriella Ferlita
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