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Apple announced that their iPhone supply and quarterly earnings will waver due to the pandemic. CEO, Tim Cook, also gave a majority of Apple’s employees the chance to work from home. Apple and Facebook both pulled out of the SXSW Conference.
Google closed all their mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan offices and bared employee travel to China. On March 10 google advised all North American employees to work from home while also announcing the start of a COVID-19 fund in an effort to cover paid sick leave for temporary staff and vendors planet wide.
Microsoft recommended all Seattle, Puget Sound and San Francisco area employee who possess “a job that can be done from home should do so through March 25.” Company president Brad Smith also said Microsoft will continue to pay its hourly campus workers their regular wages, even if their work hours are reduced.
Facebook cancelled their biggest event of the year, the F8 Developer Conference, where Mark Zuckerberg dresses the world on Facebooks latest updates, and will conduct all business online. The social media giant is also granting free ad service to WHO in an effort to provide the public with adequate health information on the virus. Facebook also imposed a restriction on employee travel to China. Facebook will continue to pay there employees who can’t do their jobs remotely.
On March 11 Twitter mandated all employees to work from home in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The social media giant also suspended all non-critical business travel and continues to pay their employees who can’t do their jobs remotely.
Contributors to this article include AP, The Washington Post and ABC News