Facebook has had legal problems in Germany again. This time, Marck Zuckeberg's company saw a BlackBerry accusation being validated by the Munich District Court, which ruled that the social network cannot offer app services in its current form. Still, the decision is only a primary assessment and not a definitive decision.
According to the advanced news by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Court ruled last Thursday, December 5, that Facebook can no longer offer applications the way it currently does, due to Blackberry-related patent infringements on a software issue. The decision affects WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger,
A court spokesman assured the media that the rulings affect, inter alia, the supply and marketing of products in Germany. Facebook also reacted and Süddeutsche Zeitung, a representative of the company, guarantees that the social network can appeal the decision that is not yet final. But applications are unlikely to be effectively banned as the group "plans to adapt products so they can continue to offer them in Germany."
Earlier this year, the German competition regulator ordered Facebook to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in the country. The decision also applied to third party sources, which the social network used to detail their advertising profiles, including those of non-users.