06 February 2024

Taylor Goes Full Elon

So, Taylor Swift's lawyer, one would assume with her approval, has sent a cease and desist letter to Jack Sweeney demanding that he stop publishing her flight data, as he has done with hundreds of celebrities.

This is public data, and he's reposting it on social media.

It's tail number, arrival, and departure, no information regarding who is on the plane, or where they are going after landing.

He also started doing this with Ron DeSantis after he signed a law concealing his flights on state aircraft.

I know that Taylor Swift has a real problem with stalkers, but this is public information, and naming and shaming over private jets is legitimate public interest:

Taylor Swift’s attorneys have threatened legal action against a Florida college student who runs social media accounts tracking the flights of her and other celebrities’ private jets.

Jack Sweeney, a junior at the University of Central Florida, has for years run accounts that log the takeoffs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by hundreds of billionaires, politicians, Russian oligarchs and other public figures, along with estimates of their planet-warming emissions. The accounts use publicly available data from the Federal Aviation Administration and volunteer hobbyists who can track the aircraft via the signals they broadcast.

Sweeney’s accounts fueled a free-speech debate in late 2022 when X, formerly Twitter, banned Sweeney for sharing what the platform’s owner, Elon Musk, said were his “assassination coordinates.” The accounts don’t say who travels on the aircraft or where they go once the planes land.

In December, Swift’s attorney at the Washington law firm Venable wrote Sweeney a cease-and-desist letter saying Swift would “have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies” if he did not stop his “stalking and harassing behavior.”

Let's be clear here:  Elon was embarrassed that he was caught making private jet hops hundreds of times a year spewing tons of CO2, when he was claiming to save the world.  He does not like to be shown to be a hypocrite.


Sweeney, 21, told The Post that he saw the letter as an attempt to scare him away from sharing public data. The accounts offer only an incomplete sketch of which cities Swift might be in, similar to the public schedules for her concerts or any NFL games she might attend, he said. And the letters, he added, were sent to him at a time when she faced criticism over her flights’ environmental effects.

“This information is already out there,” he said. “Her team thinks they can control the world.”

Private-jet flights are routinely criticized for their “disproportionately high” impact on climate change, and Sweeney’s accounts have often been used to name and shame their most famous passengers. In 2022, the accounts were cited in an analysis that estimated that Swift was the “biggest celebrity [carbon dioxide] polluter” of the year.

Her publicist told The Post then that the analysis was flawed because her jet was often loaned out to other people. Paine told The Post on Monday that Swift bought more than double the “carbon credits” needed to offset her travel before her recent tour kicked off.

That bit from her publicist is 6 lbs of sh%$ in a 5 lb bag.

Taylor Swift is a sharp cookie. When offered a chance to endorse cryptocurrency for a fee, she declined, responding that they were unregistered securities.

She knows that carbon offsets are a scam.

If she does not want to be shamed over her carbon emissions, take a tour bus, like the other bands do.


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