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Elon Musk hits back after Dogecoin co-creator calls him a ‘grifter’

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Elon Musk hit back after the co-creator of Dogecoin slammed Tesla’s billionaire boss as a “grifter” who “didn’t understand coding in addition to he made out.”

Jackson Palmer, who co-created the canine-themed cryptocurrency that Musk has ceaselessly promoted, told Australian news site Crikey that Musk is “just really good at pretending he knows.”

“He’s a grifter, he sells a vision in hopes that he can at some point deliver what he’s promising, but he doesn’t know that,” Palmer said.

Musk hit back at Palmer, calling him a “tool” and tweeting on Tuesday: “My kids write higher code after they were 12 than the nonsense script Jackson sent me.”

Palmer had said that in 2018 he gave Musk the coding script to a bot that he wrote to assist Twitter detect if there was a cryptocurrency scam in users’ mentions.

“Elon reached out to me to pay money for that script and it became apparent in a short time that he didn’t understand coding in addition to he made out,” Palmer told Crikey.

“He asked, ‘How do I run this Python script?’”

Palmer added: “After I gave him the script, I wasn’t a fan of him.”

Jackson Palmer, the co-creator of Dogecoin, said Musk couldn’t read script of coding that he sent him in 2018.Bloomberg via Getty Images

On Tuesday, nevertheless, Musk shot back, “If it’s so great, he should share it with the world and make everyone’s experience with Twitter higher.”

Musk also questioned the extent of Palmer’s involvement with Dogecoin.

“Palmer all the time forgets to say that he never wrote a single line of Dogecoin code,” Musk tweeted.

My kids wrote higher code after they were 12 than the nonsense script Jackson sent me.

Like I said, if it’s so great, he should share it with the world and make everyone’s experience with Twitter higher. If he does, you will notice what I mean.

Jackson Palmer is a tool.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2022

Jackson Palmer created Dogecoin in 2013.Jackson Palmer co-created Dogecoin in 2013.NurPhoto via Getty Images

Palmer asked Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus to answer Musk’s accusations, prompting Markus to tweet: “The people after us did exponentially greater than either jackson or i did on the code base.”

“I believe i wrote like 20 lines of code and copied the remainder.”

Musk replied to Markus: “You’re humble bro. Billy’s humorousness & irreverence is a giant a part of why people love Dogecoin.”

I never said it was super complex, but this easy script definitely worked in catching and reporting the less sophisticated phishing accounts circa 2018… They’ve since evolved their tactics.

I shared it with a number of people, and it worked for them. https://t.co/iKPFsYHXEG

— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) May 31, 2022

On his Twitter feed, Palmer posted a link to the code that he uploaded to GitHub.

He apparently conceded Musk’s point that the script was quite easy for the time it was introduced, though today it wouldn’t be effective since scammers have turn out to be more sophisticated.

“I never said it was super complex, but this easy script definitely worked in catching and reporting the less sophisticated phishing accounts circa 2018,” Palmer said on Twitter.

“They’ve since evolved their tactics. I shared it with a number of people, and it worked for them.”

You’re humble bro.

Billy’s humorousness & irreverence is a giant a part of why people love Dogecoin.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2022

Last week, Musk sent the worth of Dogecoin surging when he tweeted that his space exploration firm SpaceX could be accepting the digital currency as payment for merchandise.

His other firm, Tesla, has already accepted dogecoin in its online store since January.

Dogecoin was trading 0.71% higher on Wednesday afternoon at the same time as other well-known cryptocurrencies plummeted. Bitcoin fell 1.61% to $31,136 and Ethereum fell 2.53% to $1,905.54, in line with Coinbase data.

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