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Elon Musk’s non-public jet is tracked with public knowledge. Is it doxxing? – The Washington Publish


The whereabouts of Elon Musk’s non-public jet are based mostly on public knowledge — that Musk banned from Twitter this week.

Flight knowledge for plane from Musk’s shiny multimillion-dollar Gulfstream G650 jet to industrial planes has lengthy been public. Now Musk, who acquired Twitter for $44 billion in late October, is asserting that disclosing the situation of his jet quantities to doxing, a type of on-line harassment that includes the sharing of private info in a approach that would spur hurt.

“Similar doxing guidelines apply to ‘journalists’ as to everybody else,” he mentioned in a tweet on Thursday. “They posted my actual real-time location, mainly assassination coordinates.” The Washington Publish noticed no proof that the reporters did what he claimed.

The web has made huge quantities of knowledge public, from property information to household ties, in addition to telephones that put up folks’s places in actual time. Typically, the info empowers scammers and criminals. However there are limits to the worth of the info — it may be outdated or false. And within the case of publicly accessible flight info, it reveals the situation of the plane, not its passengers.

Whereas Twitter has abruptly modified its guidelines to stop accounts from sharing dwell location particulars, it can not cease the torrent of aviation hobbyists who observe jets and put up info elsewhere.

Musk and Twitter didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

Right here is an outline of what’s happening with monitoring Musk’s private jet and the way folks comply with it.

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