Get All Access for $5/mo

Big Tech to Meet With the White House to Discuss Coronavirus Representatives from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter will attend a White House meeting Wednesday to discuss their response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Politico reports.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters via BI
Representatives from the big tech companies are said to be meeting at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus outbreak.

The Silicon Valley giants will be attending a meeting at the White House on Wednesday to discuss their response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Politico reports.

A representative for the Office of Science and Technology Policy told Politico that representatives from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter would attend either in person or by video conference and that the meeting would be led by President Donald Trump's chief technology officer, Michael Kratsios.

It was not clear from Politico's report exactly what would be up for discussion, but the tech companies have already had to react to the outbreak.

Misinformation about the virus has erupted online: In one instance the French government stepped in to counter a fake claim circulating online that cocaine cured the virus. Other fake cures include marijuana, coconut oil, and bleach. Amazon has also announced it's working with state attorneys general to fight a surge in price gouging on its platform after third-party sellers started jacking up the prices of items like face masks and hand sanitizer.

The companies have had to react to the virus on the home front as well. Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook have all asked their employees to work from home rather than come into their Seattle and Silicon Valley offices. In Amazon and Facebook's case this was after workers at their Seattle offices tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Amazon has also taken the extraordinary step of announcing it won't penalize its warehouse workers for taking unpaid time off during the month of March.

Microsoft has also told employees they could work in home; it has had two confirmed cases of the virus among its staff.

The virus poses a different threat to Apple, as the outbreak has put a huge dent in both its supply chain and consumer behavior. Stats issued by the Chinese government this week showed the phone giant sold just 500,000 iPhones in China last month, less than half of its usual figure.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Business News

Wells Fargo Reportedly Fired More Than a Dozen Employees for Faking Keyboard Activity

The bank told Bloomberg that it "does not tolerate unethical behavior."

Business News

'We Pulled Off An SEO Heist': Entrepreneur Stole 3.6 Million Pageviews From Competitors — And Your Business Could Be Next.

This has huge implications for businesses that rely on Google's organic traffic for revenue.

Starting a Business

Spend Less Time Worrying About Your Company's Runway — And More Time Rethinking Your Strategy. Here's How.

Perceived short runways leave founders in angst. It does not have to be this way; the best way to extend the runway is the right strategy.

Innovation

The Key to Real Innovation Is Cross-Pollination — Here Are 10 Ways to Implement It in Your Business

Transform your business with this unique approach to sparking innovation.