Coronavirus Outbreak: Facebook Cancels San Francisco Summit

According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook has canceled the event scheduled from March 9-12. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event.

After the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020 conference, Coronavirus has derailed Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco.

According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook has canceled the event scheduled from March 9-12 here. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report on Friday.

“Facebook is committed to holding the event in San Francisco in the future,” the company added.

IBM said it has canceled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference here from February 24-28 due to concerns over the China virus outbreak.

“The health of IBMers is our primary concern as we continue to monitor upcoming events and travel relative to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”, the company tweeted.

The RSA, however, said it will continue with the event despite IBM pulling out.

On Thursday, the organizer of the world’s biggest phone show ‘Mobile World Congress’ 2020 canceled the annual event in Barcelona in the wake of the Novel Coronavirus fears which saw several top exhibitors and tech companies pulling out of the event.

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Other events postponed or canceled include the Chinese Grand Prix, the Black Hat information security conference’s Asia summit; London Metal Exchange’s annual Asian gathering in Hong Kong and Art Basel’s annual art fair in Hong Kong, among others.

The novel coronavirus that originated in the Wuhan area of China in December 2019 has spread to over 25 countries, raising safety concerns and impacting businesses in many parts of the world.

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