February 7th: News from Germany
German authorities ban Facebook from collecting data + German production falls for fourth month in a row + Movie-going declines in Germany as Berlin Film Festival kicks off.
German authorities ban Facebook from collecting data
Berlin (dpa) - German competition authorities have banned Facebook from collecting data from other websites, for example via the "like" button, as they see the practice as unfair competition. Facebook has a dominant position in Germany and is abusing it, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Office based in the city of Bonn said on Thursday.
The case revolved around Facebook's practice of combining data collected on third-party websites with information collected from users on its own online platform. The authority considers affiliated apps like Instagram and WhatsApp as third-party sources.
German production falls for fourth month in a row
Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany's weak phase in manufacturing has continued for the fourth month in a row as total production fell by 0.4 per cent in December compared to the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said on Thursday in the city of Wiesbaden. Excluded were price increases as well as calendar and seasonal effects, the office said. Compared to December 2017, production shrank by 3.9 per cent.
Movie-going declines in Germany as Berlin Film Festival kicks off
Berlin (dpa) - Visits to the cinema in Germany last year fell to their lowest level since 1992, according to figures published on Wednesday ahead of the start of the 69th Berlin Film Festival. In 2018, 105.4 million cinema tickets were sold, down 14 per cent from the 2017 figure of 122.3 million. In 1992, 105.9 patrons went to see a movie. Not even the most popular films of last year passed the 4 million mark, whereas three films made it in 2017.
The most popular film of 2018 was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with 3.6 million tickets sold. It was followed by Avengers: Infinity War and Fifty Shades Freed.