Elon Musk and Jackson Palmer are battling it out over how to remove Twitter bots.
While Elon Musk's attempt to buy Twitter
is — by accident or by design — stalling, he's not keeping quiet on Twitter (as usual).
The eccentric billionaire and Tesla CEO are beefing with Dogecoin co-founder Jackson Palmer over a piece of code that supposedly could help alleviate the Twitter spambot problem.
Musk vowed to defeat spambots
when he made his bid for the platform. But he then announced that he could not move further with the deal before Twitter didn't bring forward evidence that no more than 5% of accounts on the platform are bots.
While that sounds like a bit of a pretext, Jackson Palmer may have a solution. Alas, if he is to be believed, Elon doesn't want to hear about it.
In an interview with the Australian news outlet Crikey
, Palmer said that Mr Musk had reached out to him to get hold of a script to remove Twitter bots. Unfortunately, "it became apparent very quickly that he didn’t understand coding as well as he made out."
It probably didn't help that Palmer had called Musk a "grifter" a year ago, saying he "sells a vision in hopes that he can one day deliver what he’s promising, but he doesn’t know that."
To absolutely no one's surprise, Elon could not let that one stand. His responses on Twitter were quite...to the point:
And he added:
Musk notably had a few nicer words left for Billy Markus, the other Dogecoin co-founder. Although, that may only have been because Markus did not question Musk's code-reading abilities:
For now, Musk's bid to buy Twitter is still hanging in the balance and spambots remain undefeated on the platform.
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