TikTok drops out of SXSW due to coronavirus concerns

Social media app TikTok has decided to pull out of SXSW due to the coronavirus.

TikTok released a statement to FOX 7 Austin, saying they are "erring on the side of caution."

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"TikTok has decided not to participate in SXSW this year," the statement reads. "While we think the risk is relatively low, we are erring on the side of caution as we prioritize safety for our team, creators, partners, artists, and brands. We are looking at a variety of alternative ways to bring parts of the previously scheduled experience to audiences in creative new forms."

TikTok joins other companies like Mashable, Facebook, and Twitter that are deciding to drop out of SXSW due to concerns over the coronavirus. Mashable posted the news to Twitter Tuesday morning, saying they will be canceling the Mashable House and MashBash at this year's event.

Twitter released a statement on its blog Sunday that it was "suspending all non-critical business travel and events," meaning CEO Jack Dorsey, who was originally scheduled as a featured speaker, will not be coming to Austin.

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Facebook released a statement Monday confirming their decision. "Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year," said Tracy Clayton, Facebook company spokesperson, in a brief statement to FOX7Austin.

A petition to cancel SXSW has been started on Change.org and as of Tuesday evening, had over 39,000 signatures. The person who started says she's concerned about the hundreds of thousands of people who will be traveling to Austin for the conference and festivals. 

SXSW posted on their website that they are working with local, state, and federal agencies and will be proceeding with this year's event as planned.

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"SXSW is working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event," the website says. "As a result of this dialogue and the recommendations of Austin Public Health, we are proceeding with the 2020 event with the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and volunteers as our top priority."