Facebook cancels F8 conference due to coronavirus

Facebook has cancelled its biggest event of the year, the F8 conference over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The company still plans to continue the event using “local events, video and livestreamed content”.

Facebook’s Director of Developer Platforms & Program, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, said in a statement:

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. We explored other ways to keep the in-person part of F8, but it’s important to us to host an inclusive event and it didn’t feel right to have F8 without our international developers in attendance.

Facebook’s Director of Developer Platforms & Program, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis

COVID-19 (known as the coronavirus) has infected more than 82 thousand people and at least 2,804 people have died from the disease. Facebook are not the first to cancel events due to COVID-19, the Mobile World Congress was also cancelled and Japan is considering cancelling the 2020 Olympic Games.

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