Twitter CEO ‘shelves’ plan to move to Africa over coronavirus fears

By BBC On Sun, 8 Mar, 2020 17:55 | < 1 min read
Jack Dorsey
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. PHOTO | AFP

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is reconsidering plans to spend part of the year in Africa in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Dorsey had in November 2019 announced plans to move to the continent for up to six months this year.

He had not said in which country he would be based, but there was speculation that it could be Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria or South Africa – the countries he visited during last year’s month-long trip.

On Thursday Mr Dorsey told the Morgan Stanley conference in California that he would reconsider the idea. He cited the coronavirus outbreak.

So far 27 cases have been confirmed across Africa in Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

California, the state where Twitter’s HQ is based, declared a state of emergency on Thursday after announcing its first coronavirus death, bringing the US death toll from the disease to 11.

Mr Dorsey said he made a mistake tweeting about the planned trip without proper context.

The company tweeted his comments about the cancelled trip:

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