This Post Contains a Link That Will Tell You Where Elon Musk's Private Jet Is Right Now. UPDATE: Plane Info No Longer Available
The mad king is throwing an epic tantrum, laying bare how little he actually believes in "free speech."
As you may know, last night, the mad king of Twitter, Elon Musk, suspended a number of journalists from Twitter for violating his newly-invented rule about posting private information (which… uh… I’ll get to that in a moment.) Among those suspended was friend of The Present Age, who writes the newsletter (please go subscribe to his writing over there; it is good).
The rule makes it against Twitter’s rules to post this link, which shows where Musk’s private jet is at any given moment. Musk’s rationale for implementing the rule was that it constitutes personally identifying information and puts him at risk. There was a Twitter account called ElonJet, that posted exactly this. After banning that account, Musk started going after journalists who followed up on that story.
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On Wednesday, he announced the rule, claiming that a “car carrying [his son X Æ A-12] in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” and threatening to sue the 20-year-old college student who created the jet account:
And then, just for the hell of it, Musk tweeted, “Anyone recognize this person or car?” along with a video of someone sitting in the front seat of a car along with a shot of the license plate. (Not embedding that post here because it’s already led some of Musk’s fans down a number of rabbit holes with several of his followers directly accusing various people of being the one from the video — which is precisely why blasting something like that out to your 100+ million follower could, unlike the jet tracker account, actually be dangerous.)
As Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins noted, it doesn’t seem this happened (if the “crazy stalker” event actually happened at all — which it may or may not have) anywhere near the airport listed on the jet tracker (LAX).
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan followed up with the LAPD, who reported that “LAPD’s Threat Management Unit (TMU) is aware of the situation and tweet by Elon Musk and is in contact with his representatives and security team. No crime reports have been filed yet.”
And then O’Sullivan’s account was nuked.
The point here is that it seems extremely unlikely that this jet tracker had anything to do with the situation described by Musk, but was a nod to something that had long been a thorn in his side.
Musk’s rule also has a bunch of carve-outs in it, seemingly designed to exempt the “work” of right-wing accounts like Libs of TikTok, who regularly terrorize regular people and wage harassment campaigns against people’s places of work, usually for the crime of… uh… being LGBTQ and *gasp* saying they’re LGBTQ. Yeah, it’s a total clown show.
Anyway, consider this my tiny bit of protest. Maybe I’ll get suspended from Twitter. Maybe I won’t. At this point, it’s really hard to care. But if you want to know where Elon Musk’s 2015 Gulfstream G650 private jet is at this very moment, you should click here.
Update: Looks like he got the info taken down