Facebook, the Menlo Park, California-based company canceled its annual F8 developer conference, which was scheduled for May 5 and 6 in the city of San Jose, California, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States.
The director for Partner Platform, Konstantinos papamiltiadis, explained in a statement posted on the company's official blog that due to the concern generated by the increase in cases of people infected by the Wuhan virus -which causes the disease COVID-19- in the United States, "we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face component of F8 2020“, highlighted republica.com.
La F8 is a conference that brings together world's top developers at the San José Convention Center, and is similar to the one held every year around this time by other technological giants such as Google o Apple.
Papamiltiadis stressed, “It has been a tough decision. F8 It's a tremendously important event for Facebook and one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of our developers. on the entire planet, but we have had to prioritize the health and safety of our partners, employees and everyone who helps make the F8 event a reality.”
During the last weeks Facebook has canceled several events that it had planned and has suspended its presence at international fairs like the MWC in Barcelona (which ended up being cancelled), the GDC in San Francisco and PAX East in Boston.
At the moment, neither Neither Apple nor Google have suspended their respective developer conferences, although the technology industry is being hit hard by the outbreak Wuhan coronavirus world cup.
Effects of COVID-19 on the technology industry
On Wednesday, Microsoft warned that it was not going to meet revenue expectations that it had previously announced for this quarter due to the effect that COVID-19 is having on its suppliers in China.
Specifically, Microsoft lowered revenue expectations for its "more personal computing" segment, which includes the Windows operating system, the Xbox video game console and Surface touch computers.
Previously, another US tech giant with strong business ties to China, Apple also indicated that the coronavirus will have negative repercussions about your accounts.
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