Coronavirus encourages Facebook to cancel the marketing summit

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Facebook canceled a summit in San Francisco on fears of the coronavirus, and IBM withdrew from the RSA Conference, which also takes place in San Francisco. Travelers are shown here at the San Francisco International Airport.

Afraid for a new coronavirus, now officially called SARS-CoV-2, have led technology companies to cancel plans on Friday for major events in San Francisco. Facebook canceled a marketing summit scheduled for early March, which was expected to attract 4,000 people. In addition, IBM canceled its participation in the RSA Conference, a major cybersecurity event scheduled for the week of February 24.

"Our priority is the health and safety of our equipment, so, as a precaution, we cancel our Global Marketing Summit due to the evolution of public health risks related to the coronavirus," said Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison. The cancellation was previously reported by Reuters and the San Francisco Chronicle.

IBM is a corporate sponsor of the RSA Conference and was sending keynote speakers to address the event, which generally attracts more than 40,000 people. The one-week event is also held at the Moscone Center, which is located in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, transforming the area into a small city of cybersecurity experts, software vendors and large corporations seeking to close agreements and share The latest trends

"The health of the IBMers continues to be our main concern as we monitor upcoming events and trips in relation to the new coronavirus," IBM said in a statement. "As a result, we are canceling our participation in this year's RSA Conference."

The organizers of the RSA Conference did not respond to a request for comment.

The changes in the plans, which follow the Mobile World Conference cancellation In Barcelona, ​​show that the technology industry has not seen the end of the impact of the viral outbreak. Mobile World Conference is a great technological event that attracts phone manufacturers from around the world and was expected to present announcements of new phones with 5G capabilities in this year's performances. The outbreak, which focuses on the Chinese province of Hubei but has spread to several other countries, too requested predictions that manufacturing will slow down, delaying the launch of new devices.

The concern to gather people from all over the world in one place to meet and greet has led companies to think twice about the main events. At another security event in San Francisco in January, the Enigma Conference, participants were encouraged to greet each other instead of shaking hands, and large containers of hand sanitizers were available at various locations.

The total number of cases diagnosed with coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in the US. UU. It was 15 as of Friday. In China, the total diagnosed was 66,292.

Originally posted on February 14 at 4:28 p.m. PT.
Update, 5:13 p.m. Add a Facebook statement confirming the cancellation of the event.


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