Why is it important: The suspension raises questions about Musk’s commitment to free speech on Twitter, a value he has directly related to its takeover of the platform.
- Musk said in early November that his “commitment to free speech” included the account following his plane.
- The account, which has more than 500,000 followers, actively tracks Musk’s location through public flight tracking data.
- In a thread on December 10, Sweeney claimed that his account had been limited and restricted. Sweeney shared screenshots he said were from Twitter employees that showed his account being heavily filtered.
- He said two days later that his account was no longer masked or filtered.
- Sweeney said Wednesday afternoon that he created a Juggernaut Account which will follow Musk’s plane.
Rollback: Muskwhich bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, said last month it would allow the aircraft tracking account to live “even if it’s a direct personal security risk.”
Between the lines: Advertisers are watching closely how Musk’s Twitter moderates content and handles free speech cases.
Go further: A timeline of the Musk-Twitter deal so far