Friendship appears to be the only proven way to stop a college sophomore from tracking your private jet with one of his various automated Twitter accounts. Just ask Mark Cuban.
Mr. Sweeney told the outlet that they made the deal over direct messages on Twitter in May.
The two will meet at a Mavericks game this upcoming season, and true to Mr. Sweeney’s word, the account tracking Mr. Cuban’s jet hasn’t tweeted since April.
Mr. Sweeney, who attends the University of Central Florida, originally started tracking the private jets in June 2020 and now has up to 30 automated accounts.
That includes specific people — such as Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and President Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry — as well as industry accounts that monitor the private jets of celebrities or sports teams.
Each of them tweet publicly available information from sites such as ADS-B Exchange, which provides the location, altitude and speed data logged by federally regulated aircraft.
A lawyer for real estate mogul Grant Cardone also reached out to Mr. Sweeney to stop the tracking account. But Mr. Sweeney said that the lawyer wasn’t offering anything in exchange, so he ignored the request.
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