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Musk’s Quest to Uncover and Track His Private Jet: A Tale of Twitter, Free Speech, and the Battle for Data Privacy


Feb 12, 2024
Book suggests that tracking Musk’s private jet may have caused a Twitter takeover

Elon Musk’s decision to buy shares in Twitter in January 2022 was reportedly prompted by an incident in which he complained to ex-Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal about an account tracking his private jet. According to a new book, “Battle for the Bird,” Musk had petitioned Agrawal to remove the @ElonJet account, and after being refused, he began building a stake in Twitter.

By April, Musk had become the biggest shareholder of Twitter, holding a 9.2% stake. In the same month, he made an offer to buy Twitter at $54.20 a share, valuing the company at about $44 billion. The acquisition was not finalized until October following a series of dramatic events.

After the acquisition was completed, Musk wrote in a post that he would not ban the account tracking his jet because of his commitment to free speech. However, a month later, the account did get banned much to the surprise of its owner college student Jack Sweeney.

Sweeney then moved to Meta’s Threads app using the handle @ElonMusksJet and runs two accounts: @ElonJetNextDay on X which tracks and posts about Musk’s jet 24 hours after its movements and one with more than 167,000 followers on Instagram called @ElonMusksJet_Official which now has over 167K followers on Instagram . There is no confirmation from Musk or Agrawal yet if they will respond or comment on this situation as it is not clear if they are aware of these new developments .

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