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Facebook Canceled All Its Events Until 2021

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Facebook Inc. is opening up its Messenger chat application, letting developers create software for people to add photos, videos and other enhancements to their online conversations. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg, the controversial Facebook CEO, announced that the company had canceled all of its events until June 2021. However, events that have 50 people or less will remain, which means that public events are out of the question, keeping up only private press conferences and similar events.

Zuckerberg adds that it is possible for the company to create digital events but no specific information has been provided. Additionally, the CEO said that most of his employees will continue to work from home until at least May. Company travel will be suspended until June.

Facebook’s most recent cancellation was its F8 conference, originally planned for May 5 and 8. The game-related event, Oculus Connect, will also not happen, scheduled for September. All this due to the outbreak of COVID-19, which currently plagues the world.

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Only when the risk is over will Facebook have events again

Even when the pandemic is over, Facebook chose to play it safe and cancel events more than a year in advance. Precautions should be taken in the long term to ensure that events that bring together several people do not become a danger of contagion again.

As such, Facebook, like other companies, will keep going for digital events for now. Mobile phone manufacturers, for example, have chosen this route, presenting their mobile phones regularly through exclusive online events. It remains to be seen what kind of interactivity companies will create for digital events, so that they become more interesting to the public.

Poorva Virmani
As Global Chief Creative Officer at TechGrits, Poorva helps team ambition to burnish the media's creativity product and reputation.

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