Facebook canceled its conference because of coronavirus.
According to Reuters, Facebook has canceled its upcoming global marketing conference out of caution for the coronavirus outbreak. The conference was set to take place in March at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and 4,000 people were expected to attend.
Facebook is not the only one who canceled any sort of meeting. The Mobile World Congress is also canceled due to coronavirus concerns. In the days leading up to MWC’s cancelation, several vendors, including LG, Ericsson, Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Cisco, Nokia, BT, and HMD, all pulled out from the show over fears of endangering attendees.
Coronavirus has infected more than 50k+ people to date, and 1.5k+ people have died so far from the disease. It has had wide-ranging effects on the tech industry, including store closures, production shortages, and manufacturing delays. Right now, the virus does not seem to be spreading widely in other countries besides China, and the World Health Organization has not made a recommendation to cancel meetings outside of China.
We can see more and more companies dropping their conferences and meetings. When Facebook canceled the meeting it was a huge concern to other companies as one of the biggest tech giants is afraid of coronavirus.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.