Facebook on Thursday said that it is canceling its F8 Developer Conference due to the major concern of Coronavirus. This is one of the biggest issues that recently affected most of the tech companies.
Facebook’s mostly-annual conference was scheduled to take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on May 5 and 6. It is a widely anticipated Facebook event, and last year attracted more than 5,000 developers, creators, and entrepreneurs from around the globe.
“This was a tough call to make — F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you from around the world — but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,” Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, said in a statement.
This is not the first time that big event like that canceled due to the alarming situation of Coronavirus. Earlier before, Mobile World Congress (MWC 2020) was canceled due to the concern of Coronavirus. Concerns about the virus have affected other events, including a Facebook marketing summit and the RSA Conference, which is currently taking place in San Francisco.
In addition to that, Sony and Microsoft, have also pulled out of the upcoming Game Developers Conference. This affects most of the tech companies to gain a better visual of consumers on their products. The coronavirus, which was discovered in December in China, has killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 82,600. Still, the virus is vulnerable to other countries, that’s why these preventive measures are taking place from these companies to stop the outbreak of Coronavirus in other countries.
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