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Facebook cancels March global conference citing coronavirus concerns

Conference was scheduled for March at San Francisco's Moscone Center with 4000 expected to attend. 

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Facebook coronavirus concerns have prompted the cancellation of a global marketing conference in the US.

According to Reuters, the conference was scheduled for March at San Francisco’s Moscone Center with 4000 expected to attend.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

Facebook’s cancellation 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.

LG was among the first companies to execute bold cancellations when the company dropped out of ISE 2020 Amsterdam–a show where the company has a major presence and significant investment–shortly before the show.

So far, the World Health Organization has not made a recommendation to cancel meetings outside of China.

Johns Hopkins builds interactive coronavirus map.


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