Elon Musk Mulls Paying Teen $50K To Turn Off Twitter Bot That Tracks His Private Jet
Musk is no stranger to being in the spotlight for all sorts of things. The multi-billionaire has been busy launching satellites with its SpaceX rockets into space for Starlink, which has a backlog of customers waiting to use its internet service. SpaceX is also working with NASA on numerous missions, including the upcoming Artemis missions. Not to mention all the attention he garners from Tesla and self-driving vehicles. But it is a teenager who developed a bot to track Elon's private jets that has the attention of many, including Musk himself.
Musk told the teenager he would think about his offer, but the two have not been back in touch since then. Sweeney didn't seem to mind that Musk had not reached back out to him. He initially said that creating ElonJet taught him how to code, and the attention helped land him a part-time job with a company called UberJets.
But the teen may have had a change of heart. In a more recent interview, Sweeney said that he decided to go public after Musk brushed him off following the first interaction. "He went the opposite way of me, so why wouldn't I go the opposite way of him?," he stated in the interview with Business Insider. "I've done a lot of work on this and $5,000 is not enough," Sweeney continued.
However, Musk does not seem to have any interest in negotiating with Sweeney. Following the first interaction, Musk used some of the advice the teen gave him which makes his jets harder to track. The multi-billionaire also hinted at the idea he would not pay him when he told him that it did not "feel right to pay to shut this down" in their past conversation. Whether Musk pays the young man anything or not, the publicity and opportunities ElonJet has brought Sweeney should make for a nice payout.