Elon Musk is an excellent mass entertainer and showman who is able to turn his initiatives into a show. He got into the habit of shocking and tickling the nerves of a receptive audience with his attacks and statements. But then something happened that Musk himself did not expect. There was someone who decided to challenge him on the part of eccentricity.
19-year-old college student Jack Sweeney set up a Twitter account @ElonJet last June to track Elon Musk’s flights around the world. In this, he is helped by publicly available data from the US Federal Aviation Administration. He regularly publishes posts where he posts information about the location of the businessman’s private jet.
Such activity of the student did not please Elon Musk and he turned to him with a request to close his account, explaining that his activity poses a security threat to the businessman. The prospect of being “gunned down by a psycho” does not at all excite the inventor.
Took off from Austin, Texas, US. pic.twitter.com/FEgN98rF5S
— Elon Musk's Jet (@ElonJet) January 22, 2022
And to make the student more accommodating, he even tried to pay him for it. Elon Musk offered him $5,000. To which the student said that this amount is not enough to recoup the work that he puts into the development of the account. Perhaps receiving a Tesla Model 3 as a gift would be an equivalent replacement. He offered Elon Musk to increase the ransom to $50,000 and this amount would be enough for the student to buy a car for himself and, perhaps, he would opt for a Tesla Model 3. He would also not mind doing an internship at Musk’s company.
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The parties did not agree on the amount of compensation. The @ElonJet page is still active and publishes information about Elon Musk’s flights. In addition, Musk himself chose not to read the latest message offering Sweeney an internship at his company. For his part, the student doesn’t take offense that Elon Musk chose to ignore him. “I think he’s on vacation in Hawaii if you check @ElonJet,” wrote Jack Sweeney.
N271DV Landed in Kahului, Hawaii, US. Apx. flt. time 4 Hours : 45 Mins. pic.twitter.com/5ZdvIhRHfW
— Jeff Bezos' Jets (@BezosJets) January 14, 2022
In separate news, Twitter recently announced that it will launch a program on its subscription service Twitter Blue to let iOS users use NFTs as their avatars. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, immediately expressed his dissatisfaction, criticizing it as a “waste of resources”. Also, Musk’s tweet reads “This is annoying” before criticizing the cryptocurrency-related spam problem. Musk wrote, “Twitter is spending engineering resources on this bs; while crypto scammers are throwing a spambot block party in every thread!?”