Mark Zuckerberg (left) and Elon Musk.

Jack Sweeney said Facebook shut down his page that tracks Elon Musk’s jets.
Sweeney made headlines earlier this year when Musk offered him $5,000 to shut down a Twitter account.
The 20-year-old also shares tracking data on Mark Zuckerberg’s private plane.

Jack Sweeney, the 20-year-old known for tracking Elon Musk’s jet, said on Thursday that Facebook had shut down his page.

Sweeney shared a picture of a notice from the social media company on Twitter that said Sweeney’s page for tracking Musk’s jets had been “unpublished because it violates Facebook Pages terms.”

“Really @Facebook,” Sweeney tweeted. 

—Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney) September 22, 2022

A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication.

Sweeney told Insider the Facebook email did not share additional detail as to why the account had been banned and the shutdown temporarily caused the bot he uses to track Musk’s planes to crash on other sites as well.

“I did an appeal, but haven’t heard back,” Sweeney said.

The University of Central Florida student has had his jet-tracking pages reported or restricted on social media in the past. Facebook pages can be taken down for posting misleading content, promoting hate speech, or violating the site’s Community Standards — which includes content that could “content that could contribute to a risk of harm to the physical security of persons.”

Sweeney previously told Insider he doesn’t think the accounts pose a major security issue as the data is already available online via public air-traffic-tracking sites like the ADS-B Exchange. He said he merely puts the data on Twitter via bots that scrape the websites.

The college student does not have any other jet-tracking accounts on Facebook. But, Instagram — …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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