Monday, May 23

Elon Musk offers teen $5,000 to stop stalking his private jet

A 19-year-old has developed a program capable of tracking Elon Musk’s private jet and then sharing the aircraft’s location on social media. Worried for his safety, the emblematic CEO of SpaceX offered him 5,000 dollars (about 4,400 euros) – which he refused.

They are more than 127,000 to follow @ElonJet. Updated several times a day, the Twitter account tells Internet users precisely where Elon Musk’s private jet is.

At the origin of the buzz: Jack Sweeney, 19 years old. And the latter is not at his first attempt.

He has already created about fifteen different Twitter accounts, each one interested in following the flight of a personality (Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos…).

Tight negotiations

The accounts are powered by a bot that analyzes data about aircraft takeoffs and landings, and tweets accordingly.

In other words, a program capable of revealing to hundreds of thousands of Internet users where the billionaire is at a given moment.

Worrying enough for the businessman to offer the little genius $5,000 to close the account and the program: “I don’t like the idea of ​​being shot by a madman”, he would have told him.

Except that 5,000 dollars is not enough for the student in information and communication technologies, who only earns “about twenty dollars a month” with this Twitter account.

At site Protocol, he says he claimed 50,000 dollars (44,700 euros) from Elon Musk: “It would be excellent support for my university fees and I could buy a car, maybe a Model 3!”

Jack Sweeney is still waiting for the response from the billionaire … who blocked him on Twitter, waiting, perhaps, to reconsider the proposal.

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