Face­book has can­celed its upcom­ing glob­al mar­ket­ing con­fer­ence out of cau­tion for the coro­n­avirus out­break, accord­ing to Reuters. The con­fer­ence was set to take place in March at San Francisco’s Moscone Cen­ter, and 4,000 peo­ple were expect­ed to attend.

“Out of an abun­dance of cau­tion, we can­celed our glob­al mar­ket­ing sum­mit due to evolv­ing pub­lic health risks relat­ed to coro­n­avirus,” a Face­book spokesman said to Reuters.

Face­book can­cel­ing its glob­al mar­ket­ing con­fer­ence comes on the heels of this week’s can­cel­la­tion of Mobile World Con­gress, also 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 49,000 peo­ple to date, and 1,383 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.

You can read all of The Verge’s cov­er­age of coro­n­avirus right here.


The world’s biggest phone show has been can­celed due to coro­n­avirus con­cerns Coro­n­avirus can­cel­la­tions show evi­dence-based deci­sions are rare dur­ing epi­demics All the ways China’s coro­n­avirus out­break is affect­ing tech Illus­tra­tion by Alex Cas­tro / The Verge

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