Elon Musk sent a message to the owner of a Twitter account that tracks his private jet, with an offer of $5,000 if he would disconnect the account, technology news site Protocol reported on Wednesday.
The “Elon Musk’s Jet” account shows the movements of Musk’s private jet, using bots that monitor publicly available air traffic data.
According to Protocol, the account owner, a 19-year-old named Jack Sweeney, received a message in the fall of last year at 12:13 a.m. from Musk. He would say, “Can you remove this? It’s a security risk.”
Sweeney replied, “Yeah I can, but it’ll cost you a Model 3, just kidding, unless.” Informed protocol.
Musk said, “I don’t like the idea of being shot by a madman,” according to Protocol.
Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 after a few messages back and forth, Protocol reported.
“Any chance of upping that to $50k? It would be a great support in college and possibly allow me to buy a car, maybe even a Model 3,” Sweeney replied, according to Protocol.
According to the outlet, Musk said he would think about it but has not been in touch again.
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