Elon Musk is required to pay $50,000 to remove the ElonJet bot that tracks his plane
The media has pointed to the fame that 19-year-old Jack Sweeney has gained from an ElonJet bot, the tracking device that tweets when Elon Musk’s private jet takes off and lands. Jack Sweeney has several similar robots that use publicly available air traffic data to track the private jets of celebrities such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.
Engadget noted that however, with 180,000 followers and still growing, the ElonJet account is Sweeney’s most famous creation. It is this popularity that only attracted Elon Musk to the robot, and according to the site, Elon Musk contacted Jack Sweeney last fall asking him to remove the bot from the social networking site Twitter because it posed a security risk to the famous businessman, according to Musk.
Musk told Sweeney that he would give him $5,000 to delete the account and stop the “crazy” from finding out his whereabouts. Sweeney made a counteroffer. “Is there a chance of increasing that to $50,000? It would be a huge boost in college and would probably allow me to get a car maybe even a Model 3.,” Musk told him he would think about it, but the two have not spoken since.
According to Engadget in a new interview with Business Insider, Jack Sweeney said he decided to announce Elon Musk’s offer after the billionaire apparently lost interest in a deal. “He went in the opposite direction to me, so why shouldn’t I go in the opposite direction to him?” Post asked. “I’ve done a lot of work on this, and $5,000 isn’t enough,” Sweeney said. He told Business Insider that the initial rendering wouldn’t replace the “fun” he had on the bot.