The president-elect Donald Trump met with the tech executives on Wednesday. However, not all tech giants were represented, Twitter for example got it rough after Mr. Trump unleashed revenge on the tech giant after it refused to allow emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary during the campaign. This reports were unveiled by a source that’s close to Trumps transition.
The U.S. tech company was not represented at the Wednesday meeting at Trump Tower, the company was among the few major U.S. tech companies that were not present. In attendance was Apple’s Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Facebook’s Sherly Sandberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk. However, Twitter’s omission from the meeting was striking since Trump has been using the Twitter platform, the president-elect has a following of 17.3 million followers and as a result Twitter has become Trump’s de facto press channel for his transition process.
Despite the few beefs that Trump has had with tech giants, the Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s role in what some in the Trump transition team refer to as breaching of a deal went too far. Trump has in the past criticized Tim Cook after Apple refused decrypt a cellphone that was used in a terrorist incident, Trump also criticized Bezos for his ownership of the Washington Post.
Gary Coby who is the Director of Digital Advertising and fundraising for the Trump campaign reported in a Medium post last month that Twitter’s CEO intervened to block the Trump operation from deploying an emoji that was expected to show small bags of money being stolen or given away, this was part of a $5 million deal between Trump’s transition and Twitter. The #CrookedHillary would have been replaced by the emoji since Trump preferred to insult the Democratic nominee that way.
Peter Thiel who is a Silicon Valley investor and a Facebook board member organized the meeting. However, Sean Spicer made a call rejecting Twitter’s Dorsey or any other Twitter executive’s invitation to the meeting. Spicer is an adviser to the Trump transition.
In a statement made to the Washington Examiner by Spicer, Twitter claims to be an avenue that promotes the free exchange of ideas but it’s leadership’s left wing ideology trumps that literally.