On Monday, a Twitter spokesman confirmed that twitter would withdraw from the 2020 SXSW conference and music festival because of concerns about the new corona virus,media reported. The company said in a blog post on Sunday that it was adjusting its travel policy. “On February 29, we notified our employees and began notifying our partners that we would suspend all less important business travel and activities,” the blog post read.
As originally planned, Twitter’s event will include a keynote speech by CEO Jack Dorsey and a larger event for the company. Over the past few years, Twitter has hosted speeches and events on its Twitter House.
Twitter also offered additional guidance Monday afternoon, saying it wants all of Its employees around the world to be as home-based as possible.
“Our goal is to reduce the possibility of new coronaviruses being transmitted to us and the world around us,” the blog post read. For those who need to get into the office, Twitter says it is stepping up deep cleaning and disinfection of all spaces.
As for SXSW, it will continue as usual from March 1. According to the website’s security resources page, “SXSW works closely with local, state, and federal agencies every day to prepare for security activities. Thanks to this dialogue with Austin Public Health and recommendations from the agency, the 2020 event is a priority for safety. “
In fact, Twitter is not the first company to cancel its event because of the coronavirus event. The GSMA cancelled the Global Mobile Congress (MWC), scheduled for late February in Barcelona, Spain. The Game Developers Conference also announced that it had postponed a major event scheduled for mid-March in San Francisco. Facebook canceled an F8 developer conference scheduled for May in San Jose, California.