U.S. billionaire Elon Musk offered $5,000 to a University of Central Florida (UCF) student to delete his Twitter account on which he tracks, via a computer bot, the air routes flown by his private jet.

Jack Sweeny, a freshman at UCF, said he was shocked when the founder of Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX recently sent him a message with a strange request: to delete his account from this social network for security reasons, WKMG TV channel reported today. But the boy, after an exchange of messages, proposed a counteroffer: 50,000 dollars, although he is still waiting for the response from the South African-born entrepreneur, according to the media.

Sweeny, 19, is the person behind the Twitter username @ElonJet, an account that reveals very precise flight information of Musk’s private jet. The young man explained that he created an algorithm to track the tech giant’s plane with data from companies that record flight data through a plane’s transponder. The ‘bot’ is able to establish the estimated flight time, location, state, country and city where the aircraft is located, in addition to creating a map of that location. In fact, all the information provided by the young man on his Twitter account attracts more than 100,000 likes.


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