Twitter suspends Elon Musk’s jet tracker account

Twitter clipped the wings of the account that was actively following Elon Muskprivate jet, account owner said Wednesday.

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.

Driving the news: Florida college student Jack Sweeney, owner of the @elonjet account, tweeted Wednesday that “it looks like @ElonJet is suspended”.

  • 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.
Screenshot of a suspended note. Photo: Twitter @JxckSweeney

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

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