The European Union (EU) has signed off on proposals to make companies such as Facebook and Twitter remove videos containing ‘hate speech’.

The proposals for stronger internet regulation, which would be the first EU-level legislation on the issue, would establish a universal set of video content censorship rules that social media companies would be forced to follow.

“We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way,” said Andrus Ansip, EU Commission vice-president for the Digital Single Market.

Tuesday’s agreement, which would see videos which contain “expressions of racism and xenophobia” wiped from media companies’ websites, came a day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester. According to Euractiv, ministers offered their condolences to the British delegation at the meeting.

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