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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest cancel CES plans due to concerns about COVID-19

Attendees enter the Sands Expo and Convention Center during CES 2020 in Las Vegas
FILE PHOTO: Attendees enter the Sands Expo and Convention Center during CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 7, 2020. REUTERS / Steve Marcus

December 21, 2021

By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang

(Reuters) – Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc, Twitter Inc and Pinterest Inc said separately on Tuesday that it would not send teams to next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas over concerns concerns about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The companies did not plan large face-to-face meetings at the show.

“Out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees, we will not be attending CES in person due to growing public health concerns related to COVID-19,” Meta said.

Twitter had planned to have some employees participate in the panels, but said it had canceled its in-person presence and was exploring what virtual opportunities might be.

Pinterest, which had been planning a miniature meeting area for its sales teams and partners years ago, said it made the final decision to cancel.

CES has in the past drawn more than 180,000 people from around the world to a series of casinos and convention spaces in Las Vegas that serve as an annual showcase of new industry trends and gadgets. technology.

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, said Tuesday that the show will run from January 5 to January 8. Health precautions will include injection requirements. vaccines, mask wearing and the availability of COVID-19 tests, the association said.

Several other companies said they were moving forward with plans to attend. General Motors Co said Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra is still expected to showcase the American automaker’s electric Silverado pickup truck and discuss the company’s strategy face-to-face at its conference on Tuesday. January 5th.

In a blog post Monday, Alphabet Inc’s Waymo invited people to stop by its booth and take a look at its self-driving trucks.

Several companies have long planned for mostly virtual presences, among them chipmaker Nvidia Corp, which has two executives delivering keynotes by video.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang; Additional reporting by Paresh Dave, Stephen Nellis, Helen Coster and Ben Klayman; Editing by Mark Porter and Aurora Ellis)

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