Facebook has cancelled 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.
According to a report, the event was scheduled from March 9-12 here. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit because of evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Verge 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 cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference here from February 24-28 due to concerns over 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.
On Thursday, the organiser of the world’s biggest phone show ‘Mobile World Congress’ 2020 cancelled 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. In the days leading up to MWC’s cancellation, 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.
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. Coronavirus has infected over 49,000 people to date, and 1,383 people have died so far from the disease.