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Musk Blocks Teen Who Asked for $50k to Stop Tracking His Jet

Rahul Bhagat
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have reportedly blocked Jack Sweeney on Twitter, who created a Twitter bot that tracks Musk’s Gulfstream private jet and posts real-time updates of its location from publicly available data.

According to The Guardian, while Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the bot @ElonJet, Sweeney asked for $50,000. Musk declined to pay and has now blocked Sweeney on the micro-blogging site.

Last November, the billionaire reached out to the 19-year-old to express concern about the bot.

Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to stop tweeting about his jets. However, Sweeney turned down Musk’s offer and demanded $50,000, saying that the amount would cover his college fees and help him buy a Tesla car.

The negotiation between Musk and Sweeney reportedly happened over several direct messages on Twitter.

On January 26, Sweeney said he would prefer an internship overpayment in exchange for deleting the account.

“I understand your view, but I hope that you would see my interest because I have been developing this since I was only in high school,” Sweeney told Musk.


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