San Francisco: Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered an enterprising teenager $5,000 to take down a Twitter bot that tracked the movements of his private plane.
The billionaire reached out to 19-year-old Jack Sweeney last November to express concern about a Twitter account he runs called @ElonJet, which provides regular flight updates from well-known personalities using data accessible to the public.
Musk offered Jack $5,000 (Rs 3.75 lakhs) to stop tweeting about his jets. However, Jack turned down Musk’s offer and instead demanded $50,000 (Rs 37.55 lakhs), saying the amount would cover his tuition and also help him buy a Tesla car, according to Protocol.
Musk said he would consider it, but so far he hasn’t paid.
The negotiation between Musk and Sweeney reportedly took place over several direct messages on Twitter.
The most recent exchange of messages between the two took place on January 26, when Sweeney said he would prefer an internship to a payment in exchange for deleting the account.
“I get your point, but I hope you’ll see my interest because I’ve been developing this since I was only in high school,” Sweeney told Musk.
So far, Sweeney said he hasn’t heard from Musk about his offer.
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Posted: Monday, January 31, 2022, 12:05 PM IST