The Facebook F8 developer conference, which was scheduled for May 5 and 6 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, had to be canceled due to the coronavirus.
This was reported by the social network headed by Mark Zuckerberg, in the information that he uploaded to his blog and signed by Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, director of platforms and programs for Facebook developers.
“Every year, we hope to connect with our global community of developers at F8 and share our vision for the future we are building together. But given the growing concern around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of the F8 2020, ”he said.
“This was a difficult decision to make: F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook and is one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you from all over the world, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our development partners, employees and all those who help put F8. We explored other ways to keep the part in person of F8, but it is important for us to organize an inclusive event and it did not seem right to have F8 without the assistance of our international developers, ”commented Papamiltiadis.
In the statement, Facebook pledged to keep its monetary and donation aid to the community of local developers in San Jos and also informed that there will be something compensatory.
"Instead of the F8 event in person, we are planning other ways for our community to be reborn through a combination of events, videos and content broadcast live locally. We will share additional details about our plans for F8 in the coming weeks. Sign up here to receive email updates directly. Meanwhile, thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing our global developer community at F8 2021! ”, Closed.
This event is also an opportunity for the CEO of the company, Mark Zuckeberg, to make a speech where some guidelines regarding the privacy and security of the platform, as he did in 2019 after visits to politicians by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.