On Wednesday evening, Elon Musk announced how he will deal with users of Twitter, his social media platform, whose tweets and other activities put his family’s lives at risk.
Musk announced that he plans to take legal action against the college student who runs a Twitter account that tracks his private jet after a “crazy stalker” followed a vehicle that was transporting Musk’s son, the Associated Press reported.
Musk recently stated that he was committed to promoting free speech on the platform, even if it meant allowing an account to continue posting his location information.
“My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk,” Musk stated at the time.
Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old college sophomore and programmer, started the account on social media, @ElonJet, to post every time Musk’s plane takes off or lands using publicly available flight-tracking information.
But after a maniac used the information to follow and climb on a car transporting Musk’s son, Elon pulled a 180, suspending a user.
“Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” Musk tweeted, referring to his son, X Æ A-12.
Yes, Elon named his son: X Æ A-12
“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” he added.
Musk posted a video of the alleged stalker and asked users if anyone recognized him or the vehicle he was driving.
Anyone recognize this person or car? pic.twitter.com/2U0Eyx7iwl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
The account, which has more than 500,000 followers, was suspended Wednesday morning and then briefly reactivated before being suspended again on Wednesday evening. Sweeney’s personal account was also suspended for violating Twitter’s rules “against platform manipulation and spam.”
According to Musk, live tracking of someone’s whereabouts poses a safety risk and will no longer be tolerated on the popular social media platform.
“Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info,” Musk wrote. “Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.”
Sweeney stated that Musk made a mistake by going back on his promise to keep his account up.
“He really is asking for it because it’s just going to get worse in the news,” Sweeney told the New York Post. “He’s going to be called a full-on hypocrite.”
For me “doxxing” of American citizens and encouraging others to intimidate them should be considered criminal activity.
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