ORLANDO, Fla. – Jack Sweeney, the University of Central Florida student that made national headlines with his Twitter account that tracked Elon Musk’s jet, now appears to be doing the same with Gov. Ron DeSantis.
A Twitter account launched this month called @DeSantisJet already has nearly 8,000 followers.
@ElonJet, the account run by Sweeney was suspended, prompting a new account called @ElonJetNextDay to be launched that has results that are delayed by at least 24 hours, according to the account’s profile.
He said he didn’t mean to start a battle with one of the most powerful men in tech, but that’s exactly where he has found himself.
Sweeney said it all started when he was just a child. His dad worked in the airline industry, so he would track planes to make sure his dad would be home on time.
“And then I had an interest in Elon Musk, and where he was, what he was doing. And then I figured that he had a private jet. And that I could track it myself. But nobody was really doing it. So I started doing it during my free time during COVID,” he said.
Despite all of the controversy surrounding his introduction to the tech industry, Sweeney said he would like to continue working in the industry professionally.
“I think in the future I might want to do (something) with AI and GPT, stuff like that, it’s very interesting,” Sweeney said.
CBS News reported that DeSantis plans to officially file with the Federal Election Commission to formalize his presidential candidacy.
Sources told CBS News that a formal kickoff event is planned closer to June 1.