Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and Dogecoin co-founder Jackson Palmer engaged in a debate on social media over Palmer’s claim that he could remove Twitter bots with a simple Python script.
Palmer stated in an interview that his script could automatically tweet replies to scam tweets to indicate that users should beware of the danger.
On Monday, he further informed news outlet Crikey that Musk had called him to get the script. However, he believed the Tesla boss did not have the technical knowledge to run it:
“Elon reached out to me to get hold of that script, and it became apparent very quickly that he didn’t understand coding as well as he made out.”
Making matters worse, Palmer recalled a year ago calling the billionaire a “grifter” who “sells a vision in hopes that he can one day deliver what he’s promising, but he doesn’t know that.”
Elon Musk Reacts to Palmer’s Comments
The SpaceX boss was displeased with the comments, and he made his feelings known on Twitter.
He mentioned that Palmer’s code lacked the promise of addressing the Twitter bot problem, adding, “My kids wrote better code when they were 12:”
“You falsely claimed ur lame snippet of Python gets rid of bots. Ok buddy, then share it with the world …”
He challenged Palmer to make the script public, which would open it to greater scrutiny. However, Palmer has not yet done so.
Palmer does not seem to be on good terms with Musk. However, his partner Marcus has enjoyed a friendly relationship with the billionaire, evident on Twitter.
Musk Reserves Praise for Dogecoin Founder
Amid his recent spat with Palmer, the Tesla boss called Marcus a humble personality, and his humility and irrelevance are why people love Dogecoin.
“You’re humble bro. Billy’s sense of humor & irreverence is a big part of why people love Dogecoin,” Musk said.
Elon Musk commented about Marcus after the Dogecoin founder mentioned that he copied a more significant portion of the DOGE code and only wrote about 20 lines of the code:
“The people after us did exponentially more than either Jackson or I did on the code base. i think i wrote like 20 lines of code and copied the rest.”