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Facebook cancels Oculus Connect meetup and all other large events until 2021

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Fb is canceling any bodily occasions with greater than 50 folks by means of June 2021. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted the news as a part of an replace on Fb’s COVID-19 pandemic response, the place he additionally mentioned the “overwhelming majority” of Fb staff would earn a living from home till not less than the tip of subsequent month. The cancellations embody the Oculus Join 7 digital actuality convention in San Jose, which is being changed by an online-only occasion.

“We would require the overwhelming majority of our staff to earn a living from home by means of not less than the tip of Might as a way to create a safer surroundings each for our staff doing crucial jobs who should be within the workplace and for everybody else in our native communities,” writes Zuckerberg. Some staff, together with moderators who cowl terrorism and self-harm-related content material, can’t work remotely. However “total, we don’t count on to have everybody again in our workplaces for a while.”

Zuckerberg notes that well being specialists don’t know when massive gatherings will likely be advisable once more, so Fb is preemptively canceling bodily occasions for the subsequent yr. That covers not solely Oculus Join however in all probability additionally the corporate’s essential F8 convention, which is usually held within the spring. To make up for the loss in income from Oculus Join 7, Fb will donate $500,000 to town of San Jose.

A lot of Oculus Join is already streamed on-line, however the present can also be an opportunity for press and builders to take a look at prototype {hardware} and new video games and apps. Fb is extending its “no enterprise journey” coverage by means of June 2021 as effectively, so it’s uncertain it could even ask smaller teams to come back see {hardware}. As for the remaining, “we stay up for sharing extra particulars in regards to the digital occasion within the coming months.” One leak suggests Oculus is engaged on a brand new headset codenamed “Del Mar,” and the corporate may nonetheless announce information about it on the present — however with manufacturing provide chains at the moment in flux, it might be hitting pause on that mission, too.

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