Billionaire Elon Musk and Dogecoin (DOGE) co-founder Jackson Palmer got caught up in a debate on social media over Palmer’s claim that he could take down a Twitter bot using a simple Python script.
Palmer, an Australian, said in an interview that his script was able to automatically reply to scam tweets on Twitter as a sign that users should beware of danger. On Monday, he told news outlet Crikey that Musk had reached out to get the script, but claimed the billionaire’s technical knowledge was so lacking that he didn’t know how to run it:
“Elon contacted me to get that script, and it quickly became apparent that he didn’t understand coding the way he thought he would.”
To make matters worse, Palmer a year ago called the SpaceX founder a “liar” who “sold a vision to one day deliver on his promises, but he didn’t know it.”
Musk expressed dissatisfaction with the comments and hit back at Palmer on Twitter on Tuesday. He suggested that Palmer’s code fell short of its promise to solve the Twitter bot problem, adding that “my kids wrote better code at 12:”
“You falsely claim your crappy Python snippet can get rid of bots. Alright buddy, share it with the world…”
He challenged Palmer to make the script public, which would subject it to greater scrutiny. Palmer has yet to do so.
On May 17, Musk tweeted that his deal to buy Twitter cannot “move forward” unless Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal proves that less than 5% of the platform’s users are bots.
In an interview with Crikey, Palmer’s feud with Musk was stark, claiming that Musk intended to destroy Twitter, not actually buy it. Musk, he said, may actually just want to “put it in the ground at a much lower price, and I think that’s what he’s doing.”
The DOGE co-founder, who left the project back in 2015, was deeply dissatisfied with the entire crypto industry, which last year called it an unfair “rich cartel.” Meanwhile, Musk is one of the biggest proponents of memecoin and is nicknamed the CEO of Dogecoin.
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The argument between Musk and Palmer came two days after Musk announced Sunday that SpaceX would accept DOGE as payment for the space exploration company’s merchandise.
Investors in major altcoin DOGE have not reacted to the spat between the two tech giants as it is down just 1.9% over the past 24 hours to trade at $0.086, according to CoinGecko.