The story with Jack Sweeney, who creates bots for Twitter to track and publish celebrity flights, received an unexpected sequel. As it is known, Elon Musk first tried to pay off, offering $5000, however, when Jack asked for more, Elon simply blocked all the accounts connected with Sweeney on Twitter.
However, now the guy said that he stopped sharing data on Mark Cuban’s travel history on Twitter after the billionaire reached out with privacy concerns. As Business Insider found out, for about four months, Cuban and 19-year-old Jack Sweeney were corresponding on Twitter via the @MCubansJets account, which tracked several billionaire’s planes.
“Are you not concerned about safety issues with tracking jets?” Cuban asked Sweeney in a direct message over Twitter in February.
“Not everyone on this platform is stable. Many can be irrational and dangerous,” the billionaire continued. “You tell me what you want so that I can end this risk to my family’s safety.”
Cuban confirmed to Insider that the messages were genuine. He told he initially reported the account on Twitter to the moderators, but it was taken down only for a few weeks.
Sweeney claimed he didn’t think the accounts posed a major security issue as the data is already available online via public air-traffic-tracking sites like the ADS-B Exchange. He just puts the data on Twitter via bots that scrape the websites.
“I’m open to taking down some of the accounts, but I’m not going to do it for nothing,” told Sweeney.
Over the past few months, the teen has begun tracking a wide variety of aircraft carrying stars like Tom Cruise and Taylor Swift as well as political and tech figures like former President Donald Trump and Zuckerberg.
Sweeney said the accounts took some work to set up but that he could now put them together in about 15 minutes.
Sweeney agreed to disable @MCubansJets in spring after Cuban offered to give him support on business endeavors. The account, which has nearly 3,000 followers, has not been deleted. But it has not shared Cuban’s travel data since April 7.
Sweeney told Insider he’s no longer sharing the data on Twitter but still tracking the billionaire on his Discord account.
“By ending this you have me as a friend for life,” Cuban said to Sweeney in the DM. “You probably have Elon as a friend for life and I’m guessing that is far more valuable to you than the value of a Tesla. Some day you may start a business and you would have my help.”
Cuban gave Sweeney his email address in exchange, but the teen told Insider he felt disappointed by the offer. After that he followed up with a request to meet Cuban at a Dallas Mavericks game — the team the billionaire bought in 2000 for about $280 million — and Cuban agreed. Though, Sweeney said the date had not been set.
“He said a lot of stuff to try and get me to take it down, but he didn’t really put in the effort,” Sweeney tells.
When Insider contacted him, the billionaire appeared unaware that the Twitter account had stopped sharing his flight data but said he would stand by his promise and not take any further action against Sweeney if he continued to stop tracking his travel.
“That’s the deal I made. I will answer his business questions,” Cuban said.