New Book Says Elon Musk’s Fury at ElonJet Account Is What Sparked His Impulse to Buy Twitter

February 10, 2024

According to Wagner, in January 2022, Musk contacted then-CEO Parag Agrawal to complain about @ElonJet, a Twitter account run by Jack Sweeney, a college student at the University of Central Florida. Sweeney’s account used publicly available data to report on the location of Musk’s private jet, much to the annoyance of the world’s richest man. Musk “unsuccessfully petitioned Agrawal to remove a Twitter account that was tracking his private plane,” wrote Wagner. When that was thwarted — along with his request to nuke @ElonJet and other suggestions he made — Musk then began pursuing purchasing Twitter outright, with Dorsey’s encouragement. Hostilities increased after Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in October 2022.