In January 2022, Elon Musk made a decision to buy shares in Twitter after an incident in which he complained to ex-Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal about an account tracking his private jet. According to Kurt Wagner’s book “Battle for the Bird,” Musk had petitioned Agrawal to remove the @ElonJet account, but the CEO refused, leading Musk to start building a stake in Twitter. By April, Musk had become the biggest shareholder of Twitter, holding a 9.2% stake.
In the same month, Musk made an offer to buy Twitter at $54.20 a share, valuing the company at about $44 billion. The acquisition was not finalized until October following a series of dramatic events. After the acquisition was completed, Musk wrote in a post that he would not ban the account tracking his jet, despite considering it a personal safety risk, because of his commitment to free speech. However, a month later, the account did get banned, much to the surprise of its owner college student Jack Sweeney.
Sweeney then moved to Meta’s Threads app and created a new handle @ElonMusksJetNextDay which now has more than 167,000 followers. The account tracks and posts about Musk’s jet 24 hours after its movements. Unfortunately for Jack Sweeney who enjoyed running this account while being anonymous but when exposed he realized that he is now facing legal issues as running such an account is considered illegal under California state laws . It is yet unclear how these legal issues will unfold and what consequences they may have for Sweeney or other individuals involved in this matter