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Elon Musk offered teen $5,000 to delete Twitter account tracking his private jet. What happened next

Jack Sweeney, 19, runs a Twitter account called Elon Musk's Jet that gives real-time updates on Musk’s private jet using a bot.

January 31, 2022 / 11:32 AM IST
Elon Musk reportedly offered  Jack Sweeney $5,000 to delete the Twitter account.

Elon Musk reportedly offered Jack Sweeney $5,000 to delete the Twitter account.

A teenager in Texas, US, has reportedly rejected billionaire Elon Musk’s offer to pay him $5,000 to delete a Twitter account that tracks the Tesla and SpaceX chief’s private jet.

Jack Sweeney, 19, runs a Twitter account called Elon Musk's Jet that gives real-time updates on Musk’s private jet using a bot. The account gives the flight map, where the jet landed, at what time and the duration of the flight. The account has over 1.97 lakh followers.

In November 2021, Elon Musk sent Sweeney a late-night Direct Message on Twitter. “Can you take this down? It is a security risk,” he asked the teenager, according to a report by Protocol. Follwing a brief exchange, Musk offered him $5,000 to delete the account in order to prevent “crazy people” from tracking his location.

The teenager, who has over 13,000 Twitter followers, wasn’t satisfied with Musk’s offer, and demanded $50,000.