The Strange Reason Why Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Was "Bounced" From The Trump Meeting

Tyler Durden's picture

With the exception of the Fed statement, the biggest event of the day was Donald Trump's mega technology summit in New York on Wednesday which hosted leaders of tech companies to provide an olive branch and attempt to bury a past, in which most of Silicon Valley was a firm supporter of Hillary Clinton.

As we reported earlier, Trump sat down with top tech executives, including several of his sharpest critics, to mend fences after a divisive election in which virtually all of Silicon Valley backed Hillary Clinton. Trump was heading into hostile territory - with the exception of PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley shunned the New York billionaire during the presidential campaign, throwing their weight behind his Democratic rival Clinton.

The tech talks, convened by Trump, bought together numerous CEOs such as Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Larry Page of Alphabet (Google) and Brian Krzanich of Intel, among others. In addition to Trump nemesis Jeff Bezos, also on the guest list are Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Oracle chief executive Safra Catz.

As CNBC calculated, the CEOs present had a combined market value of more than $3 trillion. 

  • Apple — $616 billion
  • Alphabet — $555 billion
  • Microsoft — $489 billion
  • Amazon — $366 billion
  • Facebook — $347 billion
  • Intel — $173 billion
  • Oracle — $167 billion
  • IBM — $160 billion
  • Cisco — $154 billion
  • Tesla — $32 billion
  • SpaceX — $15 billion
  • Total — $3.074 trillion

However, one prominent tech CEO was missing: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose absence puzzled pundits. Twitter's omission was all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the president-elect has made Twitter into the de facto press channel of his transition operation.

We now know the answer why Dorsey was MIA: according to Politico, Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation.

Trump has had public beefs with other tech execs at the sit-down. He's criticized Cook over Apple's refusal to decrypt a cellphone whose owner was implicated in a terrorist incident, for example, and Bezos over his ownership of The Washington Post. But, it seems, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's role in what the Trump operation saw as the breaching of a deal was a step too far for those close to Trump.

The incident at issue was detailed in a Medium post last month by Gary Coby, director of digital advertising and fundraising for the Trump campaign. According to Coby, Dorsey personally intervened to block the Trump operation from deploying — as part of a $5 million deal between the social media company and the campaign — an emoji showing, in various renderings, small bags of money being given away or stolen. That emoji would have been offered to users as a replacement for the hashtag #CrookedHillary, a preferred Trump insult for his Democratic opponent."


We told them it was BS and what they were doing with a public platform was incredibly reckless and dangerous," wrote Coby of the back-and-forth between the Trump operation and Twitter.


According to the source, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer, who is an adviser to the Trump transition, made the call to refuse an invitation to Dorsey or other Twitter executives to the meeting, which was organized by Silicon Valley investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, who has been an adviser to Trump. The Trump-Pence transition team also did not respond to a request for comment.

Spicer told the Washington Examiner in October about the emoji dustup that "while Twitter claims to be a venue that promotes the free exchange of ideas, it's clear that it's leadership's left wing ideology literally trumps that."


In recent days, Twitter also found itself standing apart from its Silicon Valley counterparts when it comes to Trump. It was the only major to tech company to say on the record that it would refuse to participate in building a "Muslim registry" that the president-elect has proposed.

So now we know what Trump considers a dealbreaker: suggest that he may be a democracy-crushing tyrant, as Jezz Bezos did just two months ago, and that's ok. But refuse a Twitter emoji, and...  well that offense may have been sufficient for Trump to use his catchphrase if Dorsey was an employee of Trump (even if many TWTR longs wish the CEO was indeed "fired.")

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balz's picture

Fuck You Jack Dorsey.

underman's picture

Don't take it personal Jack, it's just business.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) underman Dec 14, 2016 4:07 PM

Dr. Venkman was there & exposed him: "It's true, this man is a TWIT"

AllTimeWhys's picture

Hahahahahahaha, no fucking mercy, i love it.

SWRichmond's picture

Can you say "weaponized IRS"?  I knew you could.

jcaz's picture

Sweet emoji- I wanna see it!

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) jcaz Dec 14, 2016 4:58 PM

Actually Twitter was not present because they are going the way of the Dodo. SOON. They even have that bird as their logo.

Twitter is bleeding $ and no one wants to buy them. 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) xythras Dec 14, 2016 5:32 PM

And many Siliconies said they would not do business with visionary genius Peter Theil, look who is sitting next to Trump and look where Jeff Bezo's is sitting.


DownWithYogaPants's picture

As my sweet little Japanese girl friend used to say in English with her most adorable accent "Ooooh!  I wanna see it! "

WernerHeisenberg's picture

It wasn't the emoji - that is a cover story.  Twitter banned pedophile investigators while continuing to host thousands of pedophile accounts.  Either Dorsey is a pizza/hot dog/pasta/cheese man or complicit in enabling the pedophiles.  Trump detests pedophilia.  Note in 2007 Rex Tillerson was the foreman of a Texas jury and convicted a pedophile.  There is a lot going on here.

equity_momo's picture

Just after Pizzagate broke , according to the Autists over at Reddit , Dorsey's Twitter a/c was "blocked/suspended" whatever they do when someones upset an SJW.

Apparently a lot of his old tweets and whatnot were gone when he re-appeared 24h later.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Many interesting “things” here. But what I found telling were two:

1) Trump’s kids at the head of the table.

2) And of so many stupid comments

“Stupid is as stupid does.” Forrest Gump.


StychoKiller's picture

My immediate family members are the only people I trust, capiche?

boattrash's picture

Trump is a lot nicer than I am....I'd likely have found a window, and "bounced him off the sidewalk" if I were in his shoes...Nothing like a Tower Jumper!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) DownWithYogaPants Dec 14, 2016 9:08 PM

Wanna see?

Jeff Bezos bows to Trump, hear him introduce himself.

See Peter Thiel get all Trumps praise.

Manthong's picture

Sweet emoji
Sweet emoji

Tweeting out things and nobody dares
Call Clinton a crook so they can all share
It’s a goddam shame, but we should make it clear
She’ll be in the joint by this time next year

Sweet emoji
Sweet emoji

-apologies to AEROSMITH


BabaLooey's picture

Trump jumps to Gab - or another up and coming instant text alternative.....



HockeyFool's picture

Actually, what Venkman said was, "Its true. This man has no dick."


CheapBastard's picture

Twitter will be just a memory 2 years from now.

overbet's picture

Over an emoji, and you dont think hes gonna go after Killery and the rest of them. He is going to destroy them.

CJgipper's picture

I think he's either using them as an example of access denied or there's a real reason they weren't included, they know what it is, and publicly, Trump is just jerking him around.

JLee2027's picture

Trump rejected Twitter at the meeting over an emoji.


Yeah right. That must be Dorsey's take, cause only Trump knows and he's not telling. Maybe Trump rejected him because Dorsey is an idiot?

NurseRatched's picture

This article pegged my BS detector.

Politico is a digital versions of the Washington Post.

CheapBastard's picture

POLITICO and a handful of other Soros-related sites sprang up during the election to support hate groups like BLM and left wing extremists like the DNC.

Bingo Hammer's picture

Why would anyone believe Politico?

Just more bullshit

twh99's picture

Or just maybe because Twitter is worth squat in the context of creating jobs in the country.

I mean look at the laundry list of who was invited.  Plenty of billionaires in that group, who are going to be solicited to create factories and jobs in the US.

What can Twitter honestly offer in that regard.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) JLee2027 Dec 14, 2016 5:33 PM

emoji's are fucking retarded anyway.

SpanishGoop's picture

You mean



hannah's picture

i thought the smiling poop emoji was for clinton...?

Cursive's picture

Sign of the times when an emoji (how ghey is that) is conflict.  What is this, Japan?


Yeah, you got it right - Trump is Godzilla, and Twitter is Mothra. 

And we all know how that worked out.  

larz's picture

It's Japan in mom jeans

JLee2027's picture

According to the source, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer, who is an adviser to the Trump transition, made the call to refuse an invitation to Dorsey or other Twitter executives to the meeting

What a ridiculous statement. Whenever I have a meeting, I call people all the time and tell them DO NOT COME OVER, don't you?  


My guess is Trump didn't invite Dorsey because after several conversations, Trump realized the guy is a lightweight and not going to be able to accomplish what Trump wants or needs.

hannah's picture

this isnt about an emoji...cursive. they actively tried to thwart the trump campaign.

Cursive's picture

Not defedning Twitter (and I don't even use it), but Trump should be grateful that it exists.  His Twitter account allowed him to bypass the mainstream media.  If he has a problem with Twitter, he may want to start promoting, or another microblogging platform.  This technology helped him to win the election.

Lynx Dogood's picture

No, it's the USS Banana Republic.

Darktarra's picture

Eventually, Twitter will ban Trump ... just give them time and an excuse!

froze25's picture

They can't, you already have a competitor "Gab" expanding and if Trump decided to leave them or was banned you would instantly propel a competitor into the lime light and create a user base instantly and that user base would just keep expanding without any advertising necessary. Twitter is trapped.

overbet's picture

shareholders wouldnt stand for that. they would out ceo before allowing him to ban pres

froze25's picture

I think you are right, this wouldn't be as simple as Kellogg cutting advertising on Breitbart.

Arnold's picture

Is any of this inaccurate?

Waiting List? To build server size?, background check?, don't get it.

goldsaver's picture

Sort of. It took 3 days for my invite. The only negative is that they do not have an official mobile app yet. There is a fairly good unofficial Android app and no IOS AP.

55 men's picture

Just logged on to say the same thing...maybe this what trump is trying to get twitter to do....knowing there are better free speech alternatives else where

Max Cynical's picture

Perhaps these tech companies should be cut off from accessing public equity markets until they reverse discriminatory anti free speech policies.

daveO's picture

Right. They missed their chance to ban him by about 6 months.

Bopper09's picture

That wouldn't be a bad thing.  Trump doesn't need to be twatting on that shit anyway.  Leave it for 12 yr old girls, what social media is made for.

Possible Impact's picture

Better do it before Jan 20th,
otherwise the Secret Service will block all attempts to delete Trump...

Crash Overide's picture

Wasn't twitter banning people for pointing out and making lists of people using the platform for child porn but not actually banning the pedo accounts?