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Amazon, Twitter & Facebook Among Brands Pulling Out of SXSW 2020 Due to Coronavirus

Amazon, Twitter & Facebook Among Brands Pulling Out of SXSW 2020 Due to Coronavirus

Barack Obama speaking at SXSW 2016 / Wall Street Journal

It’s not looking good for SXSW 2020…

According to Digital Trends, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and Intel have decided to not attend this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas amid concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Twitter, one of the largest brands, announced that they will be suspending travel until a vaccine is available or the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control “deem it appropriate to step back from pandemic precautionary measures.” On Monday, Facebook followed suit and canceled its attendance via Business Insider.

“Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our companies and employees will not be participating in SXSW”

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg

 By Tuesday, Intel had released its own statement: “After careful consideration, we have withdrawn from on-site activities at this year’s SXSW. We are grateful to SXSW for their understanding and look forward to attending and supporting future events.”

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This isn’t the first tech-centric event shut down by concerns over spreading the virus. Mobile World Congress was canceled, as was Facebook’s F8 developer’s conference.

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