Elon Musk clashes with Jackson Palmer on Twitter over Python script

Tesla CEO and Dogecoin co-founder are exchanging Twitter slaps in an attempt to determine who got better coding skills.

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The Australian co-founder of a meme coin delivered the first blow. “The first time I messaged him [Elon Musk] on Twitter years ago, I had written a bot, a script that would automatically detect if there was a cryptocurrency scam in your Twitter mentions and would automatically report them to the platform,” Jackson Palmer recalls in his interview to Crikey, an Australian news outlet. “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.”

To maximize the damage, Palmer added that Elon Musk is a “grifter” who is selling “a vision in hopes that he can one day deliver what he’s promising, but he doesn’t know that.” Tesla CEO couldn’t stay aside and slammed Palmer on Twitter, questioning Palmer’s ability to deliver the said script. “My kids wrote better code when they were 12,” Musk added.

Jackson Palmer reacted to the accusation by pointing out that he actually did deliver the script in 2018 and it was free to download from his GitHub. And Crikey published a follow-up article titled “Elon Musk reads Crikey, continues to embarrass himself online.”

In the interview, Palmer confessed that he became disillusioned with crypto and distanced himself from the community. Back in 2021, he denounced cryptocurrencies as an “inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology.” Dogecoin co-founder still stands by his words, saying that in the world of crypto “people are doing nothing but making money off doing nothing.”