This teenager tracks Musk's private jet; Tesla chief offers $5,000 to shut account

WION Web Team
WashingtonUpdated: Jan 29, 2022, 10:40 AM IST


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Jack Sweeney had reportedly got a message from Tesla chief Elon Musk last year to take down the account since it was a 'security risk'.

According to reports, Tesla chief Elon Musk asked a 19-year-old Twitter account holder who tracks his private jet to take down his Twitter handle.

19-year-old Jack Sweeney had reportedly got a message from Musk last year calling the flight tracker a "security risk".

Musk got a cheeky reply from the teenager who asked for a Model 3 Tesla car. The SpaceX billionaire reportedly offered $5,000 even as Sweeney bargained for $50k to support his college expenses.

However, the teenager hasn't heard from Musk over the deal, reports claimed. Musk had earlier said social media accounts tracking his movements had become a "security issue" including for his family since their travel plans were being posted online.

Sweeney's latest tweet on Musk:



In fact, it clearly states that Sweeney can be contacted for "inquiries". The account opened in June 2020. Sweeney's Twitter bio reads: "Anything space, Tesla or aviation." 

Elon Musk's tweets are widely followed with some of his outrageous comments making headline news. Musk has over 71 million followers on Twitter.

(With inputs from Agencies)