Attorneys representing pop star Taylor Swift have issued a stern warning to a college student who meticulously tracks Swift’s private jet activity on social media.
The student, Jack Sweeney runs several accounts that monitor the flight movements of Swift and other public figures. While some view this legal action as unnecessary, Swift’s legal team asserts that it is a matter of utmost importance.
In December, Swift’s attorneys from the Washington-based law firm Venable sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sweeney. They accused him of engaging in “stalking and harassing behavior” due to his tracking of Swift’s jet activity. The letter emphasized the potential harm caused to Swift and her family, as well as the emotional distress it inflicts upon her.
Sweeney’s tracking activities rely on publicly available data. His coverage has garnered praise and even earned him a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. However, Swift’s legal team contends that there is no legitimate public interest in this information beyond stalking and harassment.
Sweeney previously managed Twitter accounts @CelebJets and @ElonJet, which tracked not only celebrity jets but also estimated their environmental impact. His posts often shed light on the carbon footprint associated with private flights. In fact, he once clashed with Elon Musk, who offered him $5,000 to stop tracking his own flights.
Swift’s spokesperson, Tree Paine, clarified that criticism regarding Swift’s private jet use is inaccurate. She frequently loans her jet to others, and she has taken steps to offset its environmental impact by purchasing carbon credits. Paine also hinted at a possible connection between the legal action and recent stalkers targeting Swift.