Jack Sweeney, an American, had created a Facebook page to follow Elon Musk’s private jet, as well as that of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta. But the social network did not like it so much and simply decided to ban the account.
Mr Sweeney said the email from Facebook did not give further details, including why his account had been blocked, a decision that caused the bot program he used to track to fail. Elon Musk’s private jet on other sites as well. Sweeney said: “I appealed, but never received a response. »
Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, has had his page tracking the private jets of celebrities such as Musk and Zuckerberg restricted in the past. Facebook Pages may be removed for posting misleading content, promoting hate speech, or violating the site’s Community Standards, including “content that could affect personal safety”. This includes “content likely to harm the safety of persons”.
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Previously, Mr Sweeney had argued that he did not believe the accounts posed a significant security threat, as the data was already available through public air traffic monitoring sites such as ADS-B Exchange or FlightRadar24 . He also said he also posted the data on Twitter through a bot that crawled the site.
Sweeney does not have any other private aircraft tracking accounts on Facebook. But Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook parent company Meta, did not remove the duplicate @elonmusksjet account. By comparison, the Instagram page has only around 11,000 followers, while the @ElonJet account on Twitter has nearly half a million followers.
Jack Sweeney has said in the past that he feared the social network would try to block his account, especially when he learned that Elon Musk was planning to buy Twitter. At the time, he said he created backup pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Mr Sweeney first created the @ElonJet account in June 2020 and made headlines in January this year after Elon Musk offered to pay him $5,000 to shut down the Twitter account which tracked his travels. The billionaire told Mr Sweeney he feared for his safety and did not like the idea of being shot by a madman, which is understandable. Sweeney refused Musk’s offer and asked for $50,000, which Musk refused.
But Elon Musk isn’t the only person Sweeney has stalked. In May this year, the student said he spotted Zuckerberg’s new private jet. Previously, the Facebook founder appeared to have replaced the plane or re-registered it, shortly after Mr Sweeney shared his post on Twitter.
While Mr Sweeney initially declined Musk’s offer, he said he was not opposed to deleting the harassment account for the right price. Earlier this year, he said he stopped following billionaire investor Mark Cuban on Twitter after the latter offered to give him business advice in exchange.