Taylor Swift’s lawyers are taking legal action against a Florida college student who runs social media accounts that track the private flights of famous people and public figures, including Swift.
CNN spoke with the student, Jack Sweeney, on Tuesday, and he said that Swift’s lawyers had sent him a cease-and-desist letter demanding that he stop posting details about Swift’s flights on his accounts. The Washington Post was the first to report the news.
Sweeney is not new to controversy, he has also tracked billionaire Elon Musk’s jet movements. Musk took down Sweeney’s “@ElonJet” account in December 2022, stating it posed a “security risk” to him and his family.
Sweeney, who was permitted back on X (previously Twitter), also has accounts that track the private planes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and other celebrities. To track the flights, he uses publicly available information from the Federal Aviation Administration and flight signals from aviation enthusiasts. In his posts, he also estimates the carbon emissions of each trip.
The Florida college student claimed to have received the letter from Swift’s attorneys after criticism of the singer’s carbon footprint by a few media outlets and non-profit organizations. Additionally, Sweeney stated that he using “public information” and that he had no intent to harm.