Coronavirus fears lead Facebook to cancel San Francisco conference

Facebook said Friday it is has cancelled its annual global marketing summit, which had been scheduled for next month in San Francisco, due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The event, which typically attracts more than 4,000 attendees, had been set for March 9 to March 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. But, Facebook said the continuing spread of coronavirus out from China has created a better-safe-than-sorry situation for the company with regards to its marketing summit.

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“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams,” said Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison, in a statement given to this news organization. “So out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our global marketing summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus.”

This is the second notable tech industry conference to be cancelled this week due to precautions over the spread of coronavirus. On Wednesday, organizers of the Mobile World Congress, the mobile communications industry’s biggest annual conference, cancelled the show after several attendees, including Facebook and Cisco Systems, withdrew from the event over coronavirus fears.

So far, there have been 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California and six other states. Two of those cases have been reported in Santa Clara County.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Business


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