Taylor Swift joins Elon Musk in fight against celebrity plane tracking

Taylor Swiftwho sang “My baby flies like a jet stream,” threatened legal action against Jack Sweeney, the Florida student who runs social media accounts dedicated to tracking the movements of celebrities’ private jets, according to The Washington Post.

Sweeney uses publicly available data from the Federal Aviation Administration to track the use of private jets by hundreds of celebrities, politicians, billionaires and other public figures. It makes information widely available by posting it on accounts on social media platforms like X/Twitter.

Swift’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to the University of Central Florida sophomore last December, saying she “would have no choice but to pursue all remedies legal” if he did not stop his “harassment and stalking behavior.” The letter also claimed that Sweeney’s accounts caused the pop star and her family “direct and irreparable harm, as well as emotional and physical distress.” Sweeney shared the letter with The Washington Post.

In the letter, Swift’s attorney, Katie Wright Morrone, went on to write that there was “no legitimate interest or public need for this information, other than stalking, harassment, and the exercise of domination and control “. The cease and desist ban came at the same time Swift was under fire to top a list of celebrities whose jets emitted the most CO2. Facebook And Instagram disabled Sweeney’s Swift-dedicated accounts last December.

Over the past few weeks, there has been increased interest in Swift’s moves. fans speculate if she will attend the Super Bowl on February 11 after her concert in Tokyo the day before.

This isn’t the first time Sweeney has been criticized. In 2022, after Elon Musk slipped into Sweeney’s DMs so that he removes his X/Twitter bot dedicated to tracking Musk’s jet @ElonJet, the platform banned him and his accounts. Now his posts about Musk and Swift’s jets are posted to X/Twitter with a 24-hour delay to comply with their ban on real-time location tracking. However, Sweeney still posts a real-time follow-up of Swift’s throw on other platforms.

Meanwhile, fans are hoping Swift takes legal action over a more pressing issue: deep fakes.

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