Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that there is no timetable for when employees will return to the company’s offices amid the continuing surge in Kovid-19 cases in the US.
Zuckerberg made his remarks on a call with analysts about Facebook’s second-quarter results, specifically criticizing the Trump administration for its handling of coronavirus.
“Due to Kovid’s rapid growth in the US, there is currently no eye on our teams being able to return to our offices,” Zuckerberg said. “This is incredibly disappointing because it seems that if our government had handled this better then America could have survived this current boom.”
This is not the first time Zuckerberg criticized President Trump for handling Kovid-19. Zuckerberg on July 16, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Publicly criticized the same with Anthony Fauci on Stream Call.
In May, Zuckerberg said that Facebook planned to allow employees to return to their offices on 6 July.
The company reported 11% revenue growth on Thursday despite the impact of the coronovirus epidemic on the economy and advertising spending, sending the company’s shares up more than 6% after hours on Thursday.
Facebook’s spending in the second quarter was up 24% from a year earlier, leaving the company’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission a year earlier. Facebook CFO David Weiner said on a call with analysts on Thursday that this was a small increase compared to the first quarter, mainly due to a decline in costs related to travel and events for employees working from home.