Students Not Concerned About Possible Lawsuits for Musk’s Jet Tracking Student
- Jack Sweeney said that he is “not really concerned about Elon Musk’s legal threat.”
- Musk stated that he will sue Sweeney for his jet-tracking account.
- Insider was told that Musk doesn’t have a strong case but that legal action could prove costly.
Jack Sweeney, a college student who tracked Elon Musk’s private plane, said that he isn’t worried by the legal threat.
“I don’t worry because a Tweet is just a Tweet, you know?” Sweeney stated to Insider Thursday. “From what I can see, there’s not much ground for him on. That’s the opinion a lot of people.” [that I’ve talked] to.”
“Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” Musk tweetedWednesday night, after suspending @ElonJet and bringing it back temporarily, it was again suspended. “Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family.”
The billionaire also changed Twitter’s policiesAccounts that share a “individual’s living location” are prohibited. Sweeney stated that his @ElonJet Account was temporarily restored Wednesday night. He received an e-mail confirming that his account had been reactivated, reminding him to “please review our updated policy regarding the location sharing to prevent additional account restrictions.” However, the account was reactivated within hours.
Musk will also be appearing Wednesday night posted a videoHe described it as showing a man who followed the car carrying his two-year old son.
Sweeney stated to Insider that he doesn’t know what the video is about him. He uses bots that scrape and publish publicly available flight data that people wouldn’t otherwise be able find via ADSB Exchange.
“The last time that I tweeted [from @ElonJet]It was 24 hours before the event, and that was a car [in the video]He said, “But anyway.” “I track his plane, but it doesn’t guarantee that he’s on the plane.”
Musk and a spokesperson from Twitter did not respond prior to publication.
The 20-year-old claimed he was returning home from college when Musk made the legal threat.
“I was really shocked, maybe for a few seconds, but then, I thought rationally,” he stated, adding that his parents were also stunned by the tweet. “It looks like he’s trying to scare us and it’s not going work.”
Insider Musk was told by Erik Gordon, a professor of business law at the University of Michigan. He said that Musk does not have a strong legal case because he cannot claim evasion of privacy in relation to information already public.
But, that doesn’t mean Musk can’t sue anyway — and a legal battle with one of the richest people in the world will be costly, Gordon said.
Gordon stated, “In the US judiciary system, you can lose lots of money winning lawsuits.” “These types of issues are often the subject of lawsuits by wealthy people. It is an act of intimidation against someone who cannot afford it.
Sweeney said that he was told by Insider to contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups of digital rights groups for help. He has already spoken to people about the lawsuit but has yet to hire a lawyer.
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