Executives from tech companies across Silicon Valley met with President-elect Trump today at Trump Tower, but one CEO was surprisingly absent: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Dorsey had previously discussed his “complicated feelings” relating to Trump utilising Twitter as a platform to address the people of America, however it seem’s that Dorsey’s often negative view of conservatives may have cost him an invite to Trump Tower. Trump’s meeting today with Silicon Valley elite such as Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Elon Musk of Tesla and Tim Cook of Apple, marked the beginning of an open dialogue between Trump and tech giants. Dorsey however was not invited.
Alex Kantrowitz of BuzzFeed reported that Twitter were not invited to the meeting as they were not considered “big enough.”
Source tells me re: Twitter and the meeting: "They simply were not big enough and do not have the economic viability of these companies."
— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) December 14, 2016
Others have claimed that Trump’s refusal to invite Dorsey to the event is due to a recently revealed issue between the Trump campaign and Twitter. Jack Dorsey himself reportedly shut down a $5 million dollar anti-Clinton ad campaign set to take place across Twitter in the form of a custom emoji. Mere days before the emoji was set to go live Dorsey vetoed the deal claiming that “a last-minute legal review was triggered and they needed to pull the emoji because there wasn’t a paid-for-by disclaimer.”