Coronavirus claims another tech event as Facebook cancels San Francisco conference

Facebook has cancelled its annual marketing conference held in San Francisco over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said in a statement.

Slated to take place March 9-12 at the city’s Moscone Center in the SOMA District, the conference usually attracts about 5000 delegates.

The latest tech conference casualty follows Barcelona’s Mobile World Summit being cancelled this month after a swathe of major exhibitors pulled out over health security fears and Cisco Live being cancelled at the last minute in Melbourne.

“Facebook has assured us that it is not related to San Francisco specifically and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021, 2022 and beyond,” Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel, told the Chronicle.