Elon Musk says he is suing the owner of a Twitter account that tracks his personal jet because he believes it put his son at risk.
The @ElonJet account, which has more than half a million followers, was suspended on Wednesday.
Its owner, Jack Sweeney, 20, tweeted every time Mr. Musk’s plane took off and landed using publicly available flight tracking data.
Mr. Musk has stated that legal action is being taken against Mr. Sweeney and others.
“Last night, a car transporting [his son] Lil X in LA was followed by a psychotic stalker (who mistakenly thought it was me), who later barred the car from moving and got over the hood,” he tweeted.
He stated that any account revealing people’s real-time locations will be suspended “since it is a physical safety infringement”.
When questioned by the BBC, Mr. Sweeney denied the incident was relevant to his account.
It comes after he revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the profile had been suspended.
Mr. Sweeney’s account appears to have been reactivated that evening. “Yes, I am back!” he tweeted. It was listed as suspended again minutes later. His personal Twitter account, @JxckSweeney, has also been suspended.
Mr. Sweeney, a college student in Florida, shared a screenshot with CNN of a Twitter notice saying that the social media company had done a “careful review” and had decided to permanently ban the account for violating Twitter’s policies.
The student is in charge of dozens of other accounts that track wealthy Americans’ private flights, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
On Wednesday afternoon, many of those accounts, including one tracking aircraft associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin and another tracking celebrity flights, appeared to be suspended on Twitter as well.
Mr. Musk has long been annoyed by the @ElonJet account and was said to have offered Mr. Sweeney $5,000 to erase it.
Mr. Sweeney told US media sources that Mr. Musk eventually told him that paying to have the account shut down did not feel right.
And a month ago, Mr. Musk promised to continue operating it despite the fact that it posed a “direct personal safety risk.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Musk tweeted on Wednesday night: “Any account that doxxes someone’s current location will be suspended because it violates their physical safety. Links to websites that provide real-time location data are one example of this.”
You may not publish or upload other people’s private information without their express knowledge and approval, according to a revised media policy posted on Twitter by the Help Center.
Mr. Musk has changed Twitter’s moderation procedures in a number of ways since becoming the reins of the company.
Additionally, Mr. Musk promised a month ago to keep it operating despite the fact that it posed a “direct personal safety risk”.
But on Wednesday night, Mr. Musk tweeted: “Any account that divulges a person’s precise position in real-time will be suspended because it violates their physical safety. This includes sharing links to websites that provide current location data.”
A revised media policy from the Twitter Help Center was tweeted, and it states in part: “You may not publish or upload other people’s private information without their express knowledge and agreement.”
Mr. Musk has changed Twitter’s moderation procedures significantly since taking over as CEO.
A few previously prohibited accounts have been reinstated by him, including the profile of former US President Donald Trump, which was prohibited following the uprising at the US Capitol on January 6.
According to the New York Times, the Tesla CEO has reduced Twitter’s workforce and ceased paying rent for parts of the company’s offices, including its San Francisco headquarters.
Investors have questioned whether his recent acquisition of Twitter has caused him to focus less on his electric vehicle company.
He sold a further 22 million shares in the company this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for about $3.58 billion (£2.9 billion).
With this sale, Mr. Musk has now sold roughly $40 billion worth of Tesla stock in the previous year.