Netflix pulls out of SXSW conference due to coronavirus fears

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    Netflix is pulling out of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference over concerns about the coronavirus, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

    The spokesperson said Netflix did not have a statement regarding the decision. The news was first reported by Variety.

    SXSW is an annual conference combining technology, music, media, and film that takes place in Austin, Texas. It is set to take place from March 13-22.

    Austin public health officials announced Wednesday that the conference would continue as planned despite concerns about the coronavirus.

    “It’s important for us to remember at this stage that we’re actively evaluating mass gatherings on a daily basis,” said the interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health.
    “Right now there’s no evidence that closing South by Southwest or other activities is going to make this community safer. We’re constantly monitoring that situation.”

    Source: CNN


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