American actor Ashton Kutcher is concerned with planned EU laws: it is about privacy and protection against child abuse. He is now turning to the German SPD chairmen.

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher rarely makes political demands. That is now changing. On Wednesday evening, Kutcher turned to two SPD leaders Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken via Twitter. “I would like to talk to you about the implications of your position on the EU Communication Code on the privacy of abused children. Let me know.” The social-democratic MEP Birgit Sippel is also highlighted in the message.

It is not entirely clear which EU laws and the associated political position of the SPD bosses the Hollywood star is referring to. However, it is conceivable that Kutcher is targeting the so-called “screening obligation” currently being planned by the European Commission: In the future, online providers such as Facebook and Google will screen their messages about possible child abuse.

“Privacy and data protection are important”

Kutcher wrote in another tweet to Saskia Esken that her technical knowledge could make all the difference in the quality of life for many children. And also in a third tweet, Kutcher turned to Esken: “Data protection is important, the privacy of children is important.” He called on providers not to limit themselves to using the technology to collect child sexual abuse material. But Kutcher was no clearer.

The SPD leader has now responded on Twitter, thanking Kutcher for the request, writing, “I’ve been following you, write me a direct message.” This is how the matter should be clarified.

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