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Due to COVID-19 concerns, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and T-Mobile have cancelled their CES plans

As fears about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rise, Facebook parent Meta, Twitter, and Pinterest each said on Tuesday that they would not send personnel to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month.

T-Mobile, a US cellular provider and conference sponsor, also announced that the great bulk of its contingent would not be attending and that its CEO would not be giving a keynote address in person or electronically. At the exhibition, the other corporations had not planned significant in-person gatherings.

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T-Mobile said that while they are confident that CES organisers are taking all necessary precautions to protect in-person guests, they are also prioritising the safety of the staff and other attendees with this decision.

CES has attracted over 180,000 visitors from all around the globe to a large collection of casinos and convention venues in Las Vegas in the past, acting as an annual exhibition of new technological trends and gadgets.

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Vaccination requirements, masking, and the availability of COVID-19 testing will be among the health measures, according to the association.

Some Twitter workers were scheduled to attend and speak on panels. Twitter and Facebook have both stated that they are currently looking at virtual possibilities.

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Pinterest had planned a scaled-down meeting place for its sales and partner teams for years before it was cancelled.

Many firms, including Qualcomm, Sony, Alphabet’s Google, and Waymo’s self-driving car unit, have stated that they will come and show off new gear or conduct meetings for the time being.

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On Tuesday, General Motors said that Chief Executive Mary Barra will still speak at the conference on January 5 to showcase the firm’s electrified Silverado pickup truck and discuss corporate strategy.

Other businesses, such as chipmaker Nvidia, had long prepared for virtual presences and are having two executives offer a keynote presentation via video.

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Recently, a Moscow court penalised Twitter, Facebook owner Meta Platforms, and TikTok for failing to erase information that the government deems illegal, the latest in a line of sanctions against international internet companies.

Moscow has stepped up its pressure on Tech Sector this year, in what opponents see as an attempt by Russian authorities to tighten control over the Internet, which they argue threatens individual and corporate freedom.

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Meta Platforms was fined a total of RUB 13 million (approximately Rs. 1.3 crores) by Moscow’s Tagansky District Court for failing to delete information in three different administrative proceedings, according to the court. According to Russian news media, Twitter was fined 10 million roubles in 2 cases, while TikTok was fined 4 million roubles.

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