Taylor Swift threatens legal action against student's flight tracker

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Taylor Swift has joined Elon Musk on the list of celebrities that have an issue with Jack Sweeney, the student that made headlines for getting banned from X (formerly Twitter) for his accounts that share publicly available information on celebrities' private jet flights.

Jack Sweeney started making bots that would automatically post on X (then Twitter) with the latest information on takeoffs, landings, flight times, and locations of the private jets of a variety of different celebrities and public figures, including Drake, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Vladimir Putin. The accounts gained additional traction when Elon Musk spoke out against them, but Sweeney refused to back down.

Now, Taylor Swift is the latest celebrity to attempt to take action against Jack Sweeney; he shared a cease and desist letter sent to him by Taylor Swift's legal team with The Washington Post requesting that he take down the account that tracks her private jet.

In the notice, Taylor Swift's legal team called the account, @SwiftJetNextDay, "stalking and harassing behavior." The account tracks Taylor Swift's private jet with a 24-hour delay, sharing the activity of the jet the following day after the activity takes place.

"While this may be a game to you, or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client," the notice states, referring to the fact that Taylor Swift has publicly been the subject of stalkers, most recently of which including a January arrest made outside of her New York City home.

According to Jack Sweeney's statement to The Washington Post, the flight tracker account shares an "incomplete sketch of which cities Swift might currently be in" and likens the account tracking her location to a tour schedule or the NFL game schedule of her boyfriend, Travis Kelce.

Sweeney maintains that the jets that he tracks with his accounts are publicly tracked and recorded already and the information is already available to people who seek it. Sweeney believes that the legal notice from Swift's team is an attempt to scare him and that it was a response to the environmental concerns and backlash Swift has received for her private jet usage.