Jack Sweeney, a University of Central Florida student, first gained national attention through his social media accounts tracking Elon Musk’s private jet usage. Musk responded by suspending Sweeney’s Twitter account, saying that doxxing real-time locations was prohibited.
But, Sweeney continued posting Musk’s private flight information on other social media sites like Instagram and Threads. Sweeney, who uses public information and an automated system to run his flight-tracking posts, also has accounts tracking the private jet usage of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Taylor Swift.
Basically: Like Musk, Swift’s team appeared not to be thrilled with Sweeney’s flight-tracking hobby. The pop star’s team sent Sweeney a letter threatening legal action if he continued posting her flight data, Sweeney told Benzinga in an email this week.
The letter was sent in December, according to The Washington Post.
“While this may be a game to you, or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client,” an attorney reportedly said in the letter.
Sweeney said that within hours of receiving the letter, his accounts on Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META) apps — Threads, Instagram and Facebook — were suspended.
Sweeney told Benzinga this week that he believes this is a sign that Swift’s team also contacted Meta and was able to convince the company to remove his accounts. Sweeney’s accounts that tracked Swift’s flights are no longer findable on Instagram or Threads, but the ones tracking Musk, Trump and other celebrities still are.
Benzinga contacted Meta Platforms via email for comment on this story and did not receive a response.
Benzinga has also contacted Swift’s representatives for comment and did not receive a response.
Quoted: “In conclusion, from what I know, they provided an ‘exception’ to suspend only her jet tracking account,” Sweeney said.
When Musk first went after Sweeney’s accounts in 2022, Sweeney posted real-time flight data. Now, at least for his X.com accounts that track Musk’s and Swift’s flights, he posts the flight information on a 24-hour delay, adhering to X’s policy about…