Facebook has cancelled an annual marketing conference in San Francisco due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus concerns.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said in a statement.
Facebook’s annual marketing conference was scheduled to take place from 9th March to 12th March 2020 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The marketing conference would usually attract close to 5000 guests around the world.
The disease, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread. More than 60,000 people have been confirmed to be infected with at least 1,770 deaths from the virus. The marketing conference would usually attract close to 5000 guests from around the world.
15 coronavirus confirmations are across the US in seven states. The most recent confirmation near San Antonio, Texas, as of 13th February 2020.
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This cancellation follows that of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The show, which is a major annual mobile industry event was to hold in February 2020. Attendees were to include Amazon, Intel, Sony, and others. Many of them had dropped out over their concerns due to the spread of the virus.
Oracle also cancels its annual mega-conference
Facebook was also one of the companies that withdrew their attendance, leading to a decision by conference organizers to cancel the event for this year.
Oracle also canceled its annual mega-conference, OpenWorld, from San Francisco and to Las Vegas. However, this decision stems from attendee feedback complaining of high rent costs, high hotel rates, and “poor street conditions.”
Facebook, however, still intends to hold the summit in San Francisco in the future, according to a San Francisco spokeswoman.
“Facebook has assured us that it is not related to San Francisco specifically and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021, 2022 and beyond,” Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Facebooks biggest annual event, its annual F8 developer conference, may also be under the risk of cancellation. Depending on the spread of the coronavirus.
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