Fans question if new Twitter owner Elon Musk will close account tracking his jet

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ELON Musk fans are questioning whether the tech mogul will shut down the controversial account tracking his private jet after his $44billion purchase of Twitter.

On Monday, Twitter confirmed that the SpaceX CEO will be purchasing the social media platform for $54.20 per share in cash.

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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has officially struck a deal to take over TwitterCredit: Reuters
Jack Sweeney, 19, runs the controversial Twitter account Elon Musk Jet, which tracks the billionaire's private jet movement

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Jack Sweeney, 19, runs the controversial Twitter account Elon Musk Jet, which tracks the billionaire’s private jet movementCredit: Twitter/@JxckSweeney
Sweeney uses publicly available data of all flights in the air to track Musk's jet

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Sweeney uses publicly available data of all flights in the air to track Musk’s jetCredit: YouTube

Jack Sweeney, 19, runs the controversial Elon Musk’s Jet account, which boasts over 400,000 followers.

The account is one of several run by Sweeney, keeping tabs on high-flyers including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, using publicly available data of all flights in the air.

On April 14, after learning about Musk’s initial bid to buy the social media giant, Sweeney tweeted: “Oh no. Probably good for Twitter but probably not me lol.”

Now, fans of the tech tycoon are wondering whether Musk will shut down a teenager’s account after he initially turned down a $5,000 buyout from the Telsa CEO.

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An hour before the news of Musk and Twitter’s agreement broke, Sweeney said he was uncertain what the future holds for the jet tracking account.

“An update on Elon Musk & @ElonJet it remains unknown if Elon would take down ElonJet if he takes over Twitter, Sweeney tweeted.

Fans of the tech mogul dragged the teen, saying he’s one of the “reasons Musk purchased Twitter.”

“You are one of the reason he wants to buy Twitter 😂 @elonmusk @Tesla @SpaceX,” wrote one person.

A second person tweeted: “It would be so funny if that becomes the entire reason he spent so much money on Twitter.”

“I think it’s a safe bet he will. I’d go as far as saying this is the reason he is buying it 😂,” another person responded to Sweeney.

Prior to the official buyout, Musk said he hoped even his “worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

Sweeney looked at Musk’s tweet as a sign of hope for his jet tracking account.

“His recent tweet seems to make it seem id stay, but if he considers
@ElonJet a security risk rather than a critic then I’m probably gone,” the teen tweeted.

MUSK NOT IMPRESSED

Musk was not impressed when he found out a 19-year-old had developed a Twitter bot to keep track of his private jet’s movements.

In late January, Protocol reported that Musk sent the teen a DM asking for him to take down the account, branding it a “security risk”.

Musk was scared some “nutcase” might shoot out of the skies.

“Can you take this down? It is a security risk,” he apparently pleaded.

The teen responded: “Yes I can but it’ll cost you a Model 3 only joking unless?”

After a few messages back and forth, Musk asked how much Sweeney made running the account.

When he revealed it earned him no more than $20 a month, the world’s richest man made a measly offer of $5,000 to delete the account.

The teen pushed for more, demanding an extra zero on the end.

“Any chance to up that to $50k?” he said.

“It would be great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car maybe even a Model 3.”

Musk hit back that he’d think about it, but Sweeney never heard back from the billionaire.

‘NO REGRETS’

Despite being at risk of having his account shut down, Sweeney told The US Sun he has “no regrets not taking” Musk’s initial $5,000 buyout.

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When asked how he feels about Musk’s Twitter takeover, the teen said he’s “a little worried, but not a whole lot considering his free speech comments.”

However, if he’s eventually kicked out of Twitter, Sweeney said he’ll take his tracking talents to other social media platforms like Discord and will soon be publishing a Telegram channel for Elon Jet.

Elon Musk previously offered to buy the teen's jet tracking account for $5,000

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Elon Musk previously offered to buy the teen’s jet tracking account for $5,000Credit: Reuters
Elon Musk’s luxury private jet is valued at $70million

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Elon Musk’s luxury private jet is valued at $70millionCredit: YouTube
Elon Musk’s private jet that can fly 18 passengers

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Elon Musk’s private jet that can fly 18 passengersCredit: YouTube

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