Facebook suspends Oculus and other big activities until 2021
Facebook suspends Oculus and other big activities until 2021,Facebook cancels all physical events of more than 50 participants until 2021.CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the news as part of an update on Facebook’s COVID-19 pandemic response, where he also said that the “vast majority” of Facebook workers will be working from home at least until the end of next month.
The cancelations include the virtual reality conference Oculus Connect 7 in San Jose, which is being replaced by an online event only.
“We’ll allow the vast majority of our employees to work from home through at least the end of May to create a better atmosphere for both our workers doing vital jobs that need to be in the office and for everyone else in our local communities,” Zuckerberg writes. Some workers can’t work remotely, including moderators who cover extremism and self-harm-related content. Yet “in general, we don’t plan for some time to get anyone back in our offices.”
Zuckerberg states that health professionals don’t know when large gatherings are going to be advisable again, so for next year, Facebook preemptively cancels physical activities. This involves not only Oculus Connect but also the main F8 conference of the business, which is usually held in the spring. Facebook will contribute $US500,000 ($AU784,330) to the City of San Jose to account for the reduction of revenue from Oculus Connect 7.
Most of Oculus Connect has already been streamed online, but the show is also an opportunity for press and developers to check out hardware prototypes and new games and applications. Facebook is also expanding its “no business travel” policy until June 2021, and it is unlikely that even smaller groups will be invited to come and see hardware. As for the rest, “we look forward to sharing more information about the digital event in the coming months.” One report indicates that Oculus is working on a new headset codenamed “Del Mar,” and at the show the company could still reveal news about it — but with supply chains still in flux, it could hit that project as well.
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