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Elon Musk’s allies slam jet tracking as more accounts are suspended and Twitter’s privacy policy is updated

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  • Elon Musk’s mother and a friend have weighed in on his fight against jet tracking.
  • Twitter has suspended an account that tracks Musk’s private jet along with similar tracking accounts.
  • Twitter has updated its private information policy to ban users from sharing someone’s live location.

Some of Elon Musk’s allies are coming to his defense amid a public spat with college student Jack Sweeney over the suspension of his jet tracking account @ElonJet. 

Sweeney, who runs more than 30 jet tracking accounts, watched as @ElonJet along with his personal Twitter handle was suspended from Twitter on Wednesday.

In a confusing back and forth, Twitter then appeared to un-suspend Sweeney’s @ElonJet account, which briefly tweeted before it was removed again. 

Twitter also took down other flight tracking accounts, including one that tracks Jeff Bezos’s private jet and another that follows the flights of Russian oligarchs.

Now, Musk’s allies are jumping to condemn the “dangerous” tracking accounts amid criticism of the bans.

Jason Calacanis, a longtime Musk ally, took to the platform to say he believed “sustained sharing of public location information” was “de facto doxing.”

Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, also tweeted support for her billionaire son. Sharing a tweet from Musk, she called posting someone’s location “terrifying” and thanked her son for the update. 

Twitter has updated its private information policy to ban users from sharing someone’s live location.

In a thread explaining the updates, Twitter Safety’s team confirmed that tweets sharing an individual’s live location on Twitter will be removed. They said: “When someone shares an individual’s live location on Twitter, there is an increased risk of physical harm.”

Twitter users can still share their own live location and someone else’s historical location as long as it is “not same-day” data.

Representatives for Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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