Facebook Cancels F8 Developer Conference Citing Coronavirus Outbreak

The cancellation could be the first of many, as a number of tech giants hold spring events


Citing the coronavirus outbreak Facebook announced Wednesday it has cancelled F8, the social network’s annual developer conference, which was scheduled for May 5 and 6 in San Jose, California.

The decision comes a day after a patient in California tested positive for the Covid-19, known as the coronavirus, and President Donald Trump held a briefing about the outbreak, tapping Vice President Mike Pence to lead the White House’s response. It also comes at a time when global events, such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, are considering altering or canceling plans because of the virus. 

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