Mark Zuckerberg may not be attending Facebook’s annual F8 conference this year

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On Tuesday, Facebook said that once the big annual meeting of software developers will be a one-day online event in June, which is unlikely to appear from top CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg has long been a stellar attraction at F8 gatherings, opening events with keynote presentations to discuss the technology giant’s creations, goals and vision.

Facebook told AFP that it remains to be seen whether Zuckerberg will attend the event at all this year.

The real F8, which typically attracts thousands of software helpers to the heart of Silicon Valley, was canceled last year due to the pandemic, replaced by localized presentations.

The gathering in the past lasted two days, providing opportunities for external application or service vendors to attend sessions or seminars with Facebook engineers to better synchronize the software with the technology giant’s platform.

“F8 has always brought together an incredible community of people who build, innovate and look for what’s next,” said Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, vice president of Facebook platform partnerships.

“We want to bring the F8 back to its roots: a place to celebrate, inspire and help developers grow.”

The reformatted event is called F8 Refresh and will be broadcast live on June 2, according to Papamiltiadis, which invited developers to register.

He described the change as recognizing a business that is adapting to a world altered by a pandemic.

The broadcast event will include technical sessions, demonstrations and panels aimed at helping developers create products for the “family” from Facebook applications, according to Papamiltiadis.

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