Elon Musk has said he’s taking legal action against programmer Jack Sweeney after a car carrying his son, Lil X, was followed by a “crazy stalker.”
The incident prompted the father of 10 to announce a new policy for Twitter accounts providing real-time location information.
“Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood. Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” tweeted Musk.
“Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info. Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok,” said Musk.
The ElonJet account run by Sweeney and the student’s personal account were suspended as of Wednesday night.
The jet tracker followed the flight patterns of Musk’s jet by using data available in the public domain.
Twitter published a newly updated policy on the same day about private information, stating that tweets cannot share someone else’s location.
The policy indirectly mentions accounts such as ElonJet, saying “live location information [and] identifying information that would reveal a person’s location, regardless if this information is publicly available,” breached the policy.
Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in late October and has set about making sometimes drastic changes on how the platform operates.