Twitter was uninvited from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and other major tech executives Wednesday as payback for its refusal to make a custom emoji to accompany the #CrookedHillary hashtag on their website, a person with knowledge of the situation told Politico. Twitter formats certain hashtags so that an image appears alongside the text when it is used, such as rings for the Olympics or a swirl for the release of the Disney film Moana. The Trump campaign had wanted to deploy an emoji of "small bags of money being given away or stolen" for #CrookedHillary, Politico writes, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly personally intervened in the $5 million deal.
"We told them it was B.S. and what they were doing with a public platform was incredibly reckless and dangerous," said Gary Coby, the Trump campaign's digital advertising and fundraising director.
Twitter had also previously been the only major tech company to publicly announce that it would refuse to contribute to building a Muslim registry, further putting the company at odds with Trump and his administration. Facebook only followed suit on Wednesday afternoon, confirming it would also not contribute to a registry.