Twitter Not Invited By Trump Over Failed Emoji Deal, Trump Denies

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 2:31am CST | by , in Latest Political News

Twitter Not Invited by Trump Over failed Emoji Deal, Trump Denies
DECEMBER 14: (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)

The reason behind Twitter's exclusion from a meeting between tech executives and US President-elect Donald Trump (see photos of the meet) stems from its CEO Jack Dorsey's role in rejecting the anti-Clinton emoji during election campaign, a media report said.

Pushing his "America First" agenda, Trump met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and 12 other technology titans on Wednesday in a bid to heal rifts and get them on board with his programme of creating more jobs and increasing investments in the US. But Twitter was cut out from the meeting.

According to a report in POLITICO, Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag "CrookedHillary".

Update: Trump says that Twitter was not invited because the company is too small, according to Reuters.

"Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee spokesman, was the one who made the call to refuse an invitation to Dorsey or other Twitter executives to Wednesday's meeting," the report said.

However, Trump adviser Spicer later denied the report, telling MSNBC that "the conference table was only so big".

Twitter was one of the few tech companies who were dropped from the Wednesday's meeting, despite the fact that Trump heavily depended on Twitter platform during his election campaign, garnering 17.3 million followers on his account.

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