Twitter reportedly cut from Trump tech meeting as ‘retribution’ for rejecting campaign emoji

Who would have thought a rejected campaign emoji could get President-elect Donald Trump’s team so riled up.

Politico, citing an anonymous source, reported that Twitter wasn’t invited to Trump’s meeting Wednesday with tech leaders as payback for rejecting a moneybag emoji that would go along with the hashtag “CrookedHillary.”

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Alphabet CEO Larry Page were among the tech moguls who attended the tech summit, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was notably absent from the meeting. That was unusual given Trump’s frequent use of the social media site.

Gary Coby, Trump’s director of advertising and fundraising, wrote in a blog post in November that Dorsey personally intervened and the advertising deal was rejected by the tech firm.

A spokesman for Trump’s transition team though told Reuters that Twitter wasn’t invited “because they aren’t big enough.” But a source familiar with Trump’s relationship with Twitter told the media outlet that the decision to exclude Dorsey was fueled “by the president-elect’s ire at the company, which rejected an advertising deal with his campaign in October.”

Twitter reportedly rejected the emoji because of concerns that users would mistakenly think that it was sponsored by the tech firm.

Politico reported that RNC spokesman Sean Spicer, an adviser to the Trump transition, decided not to invite Twitter executives to the meeting.

Spicer denied the report in a tweet and told The Hill in a statement that he “had absolutely nothing to do with this meeting.”

Trump has clashed before with Silicon Valley tech firms during the campaign, including social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

But tech leaders are also trying to work with Trump now that he’s been elected president. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were recently named to Trump’s business advisory team.

Meanwhile, Dorsey has publicly expressed mixed feelings about Trump’s use of Twitter. The company has faced calls to suspend Trump’s account over fake news and hate speech concerns. But Trump’s tweets have been making headlines, generating more buzz about Twitter, which is trying to attract more users to its site.

SiliconBeat reached out to Trump’s press office and Twitter. This post will be updated if they respond.

Photo Credit:  (L to R) Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. This is the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)



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