COVID jitters immediate Amazon, Meta and Twitter to tug out of CES tech present

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CES 2022 organizers are moving ahead with plans to host tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas over the next month, setting up the technology conference as a test of mass business meetings at a time when rising Covid-19 cases are prompting other companies and groups to Change plans.

Multiple participants, including Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, + 2.00%,
Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. FB, + 2.69% and Twitter Inc., and at least one keynote speaker, TMUS from T-Mobile, + 1.77% CEO, have withdrawn from the event.

The Consumer Technology Association opens the largest US tech conference in the first week of January with a reduced amount and vaccine and mask requirements. While there is a digital component, the organization expects 50,000 to 75,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues.

In a normal year, the show drew nearly 200,000 visitors, despite going fully online last January.

An expanded version of this report is available at WSJ.com.

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