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Teen who tracks Elon Musk's jet says he's discovered Mark Zuckerberg's new aircraft

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about "News Tab" at the Paley Center, in New York on October 25, 2019.
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  • Jack Sweeney said he re-discovered Mark Zuckerberg's private jet and has begun tracking it again.
  • Meta chartered a new jet in March, about a month after Sweeney started tracking Zuckerberg's flights.
  • Last year, Meta spent nearly $27 million on security and private aircrafts for the Facebook founder.
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Jack Sweeney, the teen known for tracking Elon Musk's jet, said on Wednesday that he had re-discovered Mark Zuckerberg's private aircraft.

Sweeney shared a picture of the jet on his personal Twitter account.

It was not the first time the 19-year-old has attempted to track Zuckerberg. In February, Sweeney began tracking and sharing updates on what he said was Zuckerberg's private jet using a Twitter account called @ZuccJet.

Sweeney said he learned in April that the aircraft was no longer being used by the Facebook founder and it was back to the drawing board. He said on Twitter that he has since been able to draw a correlation between the latest jet's travel history and Zuckerberg's trips.

Spokespeople for Meta and Zuckerberg's family office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on whether the aircraft was Zuckerberg's private jet. Sweeney did not respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication.

In Meta's latest regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said that it began chartering a new aircraft in March for Zuckerberg. The jet is owned by the Facebook CEO and operated by an independent charter company, as per the SEC filing.

Last month, Insider reported that Meta spent a record $26.8 million on Zuckerberg's security and private jet travel in 2021. In 2019, Insider's Rob Price reported in 2019 that Zuckerberg had 24/7 bodyguard protection, as well as access to an office with bullet-resistant glass and a panic button.

In its filing, Meta said Zuckerberg's security team has identified several threats to the Facebook founder.

"We believe that Mr Zuckerberg's role puts him in a unique position: he is synonymous with Meta and, as a result, negative sentiment regarding our company is directly associated with, and often transferred to, Mr Zuckerberg," the filing said. "Mr Zuckerberg is one of the most-recognised executives in the world, in large part as a result of the size of our user base and our continued exposure to global media, legislative, and regulatory attention."

Earlier this year, Musk expressed concern over the account Sweeney created to track the billionaire's personal travel. The account, @ElonJet, currently has over 400,000 followers. In January, the Tesla CEO offered the teen $5,000 to take down the Twitter account, but Sweeney rejected the offer. 

"I don't love the idea of being shot by a nutcase," Musk said in a private message to Sweeney, Protocol reported.

Musk and Zuckerberg are not the only people Sweeney keeps tabs on. He began tracking the travel of Russian oligarchs in March and also has accounts for other public figures, including Mark Cuban and Bill Gates. Sweeney previously told Insider that he started @ElonJet in June 2020 and uses bots to scrape publicly-available air-traffic data.

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