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Elonjet, the Twitter Bot that Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet, is Now on Threads

Elonjet, the Banned Twitter Bot, Is Now on Threads
ElonJet, a previously banned Twitter bot account that tracked Elon Musk’s jet, is now on Threads. Credit: Daniel Oberhaus (2018) / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

ElonJet has made its way to Threads, allowing you to once again keep tabs on Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s personal airplane in real time.

Jack Sweeney, the mastermind behind ElonJet, recently unveiled a new Threads account called “Elon Musk’s Jet” on July 7. This account is a replica of the banned Twitter account that used to automatically share the whereabouts of Elon Musk’s private jet.

Within a short span of time, the automated bot has already tracked its first flight on Threads—a journey from Austin to Brownsville in Texas.

It’s important to note that the location of Musk’s jet is publicly accessible information, which is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration itself, reported Mashable.

Jack Sweeney, a college student sharing the whereabouts of Musk’s jet

Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, initially launched ElonJet in June 2020 alongside 15 other Twitter accounts dedicated to tracking the flights of famous individuals.

The account operated smoothly for over a year until Musk reached out to him in December 2021. Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to shut down the account.

In response, Sweeney proposed a counter-offer, requesting either $50,000, a Tesla Model 3, or an internship at one of Musk’s companies. Instead of engaging in further discussion, Musk chose to block the college student on Twitter.

The original ElonJet account was then suspended from Twitter in December 2022, just two months after Musk acquired Twitter.

Despite his earlier statement that his “commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane,” Musk ultimately banned ElonJet from the platform.

ElonJet moves to Reddit

Following the ban on ElonJet, Sweeney introduced a new Twitter account called ElonJetNextDay.

This automated account now shares the location of Musk’s jet with a 24-hour delay. The ban imposed by Musk garnered significant attention, leading to the establishment of the subreddit r/ElonJetTracker.

This subreddit quickly attracted more than twice the number of followers that ElonJet had prior to its suspension.

ElonJet is now on ‘Threads’ as ‘Elon Musk’s Jet’

The introduction of the new Elon Musk’s Jet Threads account faced some initial challenges. A screenshot shared on Sweeney’s account revealed that Instagram reinstated Elon Musk’s Jet after mistakenly suspending it.

The account’s swift restoration provides some reassurance that Elon Musk’s Jet will continue operating without direct interference from the platform.

This allows Threads users to engage in speculative discussions about Musk’s activities, particularly around SpaceX’s Starbase near Brownsville, as reported by Mashable.

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