Jet Tracker Jack Sweeney Make a Deal with Mark Cuban to Stop Tracking his Airplanes
Jack Sweeney, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, is the kid behind 30 automated Twitter accounts that track the travels of a large number of celebrities, politicians, and billionaires, including Elon Musk, Kylie Jenner, and a number of Russian oligarchs. He further claims that since he began his side business in June 2020, he has only consented to one “stop tracking me” request.
In June 2020, Mr. Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, began tracking the private aircraft. He now has up to 30 automatic accounts.
According to CNBC, the millionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks persuaded 19-year-old Jack Sweeney to shut his @MCubansJet account in exchange for friendship and professional counsel. According to Mr. Sweeney, they reached the agreement over Twitter direct messaging in May.
Prior to making a deal, Cuban stated he would be open to seeing Sweeney at a Dallas Mavericks game the following season. Sweeney seems to have kept his promise: The account, which he created as an automated updating bot, hasn’t tweeted since April, and according to its bio, its coding has been turned off. Sweeney’s @MCubansJets account has about 3,300 followers which Sweeney thought was on the low side compared to other celebrities- hence one of the reasons he agreed to take it down.
Sweeney received a $5,000 offer from Elon Musk in January to stop tweeting about the whereabouts of his personal aircraft. Sweeney declined and demanded $50,000 as an alternative. Today, @ElonJet, the Twitter account that monitors Musk’s flights, is still active and has more than 479,000 followers.
I Forgot about this. pic.twitter.com/FwwvxCO6pR
— Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney) July 18, 2022