Musk bans posting location data

Elon Musk just banned chasing Santa Claus.

On Wednesday, Musk permanently banned dozens of Twitter accounts that posted jet location data for the rich and famous, including his own. He claimed it was “a breach of physical security” and said the rule “involves posting links to websites with real-time location information.” Musk said it’s okay to post locations “slightly delayed,” but didn’t define what constitutes a sufficient delay to comply with the new rule.

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Musk’s new rule left people with a lot of questions. Several pointed to a particularly pressing concern for those celebrating Christmas.

“You just made it impossible to track Santa Claus. This is a war on Christmas,” @TravisAllen02 commented.

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Tracking Santa’s location through the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a popular Christmas pastime.

“Looks like @NORADCommand is getting Elon banned for his evil Santa Tracker!” @NateBell4AAR wrote.

Despite being compared to the Grinch, many believe that Musk actually changed the rule to get rid of the @elonjet account that tracked his jet.

The Florida college student who kept this account, Jack Sweeney, told dem Washington Post last February that he was tracking Musk, Drake, Bill Gates and others using public data from their planes’ transponders. He said Musk had previously contacted him and offered him $5,000 to delete the account tracking his jet.

Sweeney wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that Musk had suspended 30 of his accounts.

In a sequel tweet In announcing the new rule, Musk said he was seeking “legal action” against Sweeney and “organizations that have been supporting harm to my family.” It is not clear which organizations he is referring to.

Sweeney did not respond to multiple requests sent Thursday morning.

Many people accused Musk of being a hypocrite. Since taking over Twitter, Musk has repeatedly stated his commitment to freedom of expression. The new rule is exactly the opposite in the minds of many people.

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Elon Musk/Twitter

“Twitter is not the only place where information can be found. It’s public. Every flight tracking app gives out the same information. I absolutely HATE hypocrisy. He needs to fix this quickly.” commented @jamie_m_teague.

Sweeney joined the chorus of critics and told that New York Post that Musk will be inundated with negative publicity over the decision and said people will call him a “complete hypocrite.”

Sweeney continues to post Musk’s jet movements on other forums. On Elon Jet’s Facebook account, he wrote that Musk traveled from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas after having his accounts suspended.

NORAD hasn’t been banned from Twitter – yet.

Whether the new rule applies to Santa Claus or just Musk and his rich buddies, we’ll find out on Christmas Eve.


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*Initial publication: December 15, 2022 at 9:50 am CST

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