Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020.
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Thursday Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said there is no timetable for employees to return to company offices amid a steady rise in Covid-19 cases in the United States
Zuckerberg made his comments on a call with analysts about Facebook’s results in the second quarter of the year, specifically criticizing the Trump Administration for coronavirus management.
“With Covid growing rapidly in the United States, there is currently no goal in sight for when our teams here will be able to return to our offices,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s incredibly disappointing because it seems the United States could have avoided this sharp rise in cases if our government had handled this better.”
This is not the first time Zuckerberg has criticized President Trump for his handling of Covid-19. Zuckerberg made a similar critique on July 16 on a public call through Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.
In May, Zuckerberg said Facebook planned to allow employees to start returning to its offices on July 6.
The company reported revenue growth of 11% despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and advertising spending, sending the company’s shares up more than 6% after s Thursday hours.
Facebook’s costs in the second quarter of the year rose 24% from a year earlier, excluding the company’s deal with the Federal Trade Commission a year ago. This was a smaller increase than in the first quarter, primarily due to lower travel and event-related costs as a result of home-based employees, Facebook CFO David Wehner said in a call with analysts on Monday. Thursday.