Tech site Protocol recently released an interview with 19-year-old college freshman Jack Sweeney. In it, the young man revealed that he received a direct message from Elon Musk on Twitter requesting that he take down his private-jet-tracking Twitter account named @ElonJet.
"Can you take this down? It is a security risk," messaged Elon. "I don't love the idea of being shot by a nutcase."
Sweeney responded, "Yes I can but it'll cost you a Model 3 only joking unless?"
Elon asked Sweeney to take down his account for $5,000 USD. When asked how much money he makes from the account per month, Sweeney revealed that it yields no more than $20 USD, to which Elon offered him $5,000 to delete the account.
Elon Musk was flying his own private jet recently when he got off at an airport in Van Nuys, California. After exiting the plane, he received a direct message on Twitter from Sweeney who alerted him of his presence. Musk told Sweeney, "It's nice to meet you" and shook his hand.
The account has amassed nearly 100,000 followers since its launch in January of this year. Although Musk initially offered to pay, Sweeney declined and told Elon that he'd rather keep the account for free and delete it in about a month; Musk obliged.
This is not the first time that Elon has helped people on Twitter because of their mistakes; back in 2016, he donated $15 million USD to help with the Flint Water Crisis in Michigan, USA.Jack Sweeney is a 19-year-old college freshman studying business at the University of Colorado Denver. He enjoys aviation and made the private-jet tracker Twitter account as a hobby, as he told Elon during their direct message conversation. However, he has no control over his hacked Snapchat account named "JackSweeney" which is ran by an unknown hacker.