Speaking about his first interaction with the Tesla CEO in 2018, Palmer told news outlet Crikey that Musk was complaining about Twitter bots that were pushing cryptocurrency scams in the replies to his tweets. At the time, Palmer offered to share a snippet of code that would help fix the problem for him. Palmer said at the time, “Elon has the script… we had a good chat on how @jack and the Twitter team should definitely automate and fix this problem on their end though.”
Fast-forward to today and it’s certainly an even more relevant issue for Musk, who is in the process of buying Twitter — and would have the ability to actually make changes and attempt to fix such issues.
Palmer accounts in his interview that Musk had reached out to get hold of the script but claimed the billionaire’s technical knowledge was so deficient that he didn’t know how 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.”
Adding to the fire, Palmer recounted a year ago calling the SpaceX founder a “grifter” who “sells a vision in hopes that he can one day deliver what he’s promising, but he doesn’t know that.”
You falsely claimed ur lame snippet of Python gets rid of bots. Ok buddy, then share it with the world …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2022
Musk, clearly infuriated by Palmer’s comments, fired back on Tuesday on Twitter. He suggested Palmer’s code could not deliver on its 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. Palmer took the opportunity to share the code, which he posted on GitHub four years ago.