Instagram and Facebook have banned controversial online influencer and self-described sexist Andrew Tate.
According to a business email, the former kickboxer and reality TV personality was fired for violating Meta regulations “against harmful organisations and individuals.”
Tate originally gained notoriety when participating in the reality television series Big Brother in 2016, where he was fired after a video of him assaulting a woman outside the set leaked.
Since then, he has faced criticism for his social media postings, which domestic abuse organisations have dubbed “severe sexism.” In 2017, he said on Twitter that rape victims “have responsibility” for their attack and that women belong in the house. As a result, Twitter permanently banned him.
Tate has gained popularity for his advise videos for guys, many of which border on sexism. Tate identified himself as “definitely a sexist” in one YouTube video. I’m a realist, and realists are sexist, he declared. You cannot be grounded in reality and not be sexist.
Tate described many of his videos as parodies in an interview with the Guardian, saying he was “playing a funny persona.”
He added that he had given to charity that helped women, saying, “Internet sensationalism has propagated the idea that I’m [sic] anti women when nothing could be further from the truth.” “I truly am innocent.”
Tate, a vocal fan of the late president Donald Trump, has made appearances on several right-wing podcasts, such as the Alex Jones-hosted Infowars. Tate had recently developed the reputation of being “hard to ignore” on social media, and at the time of his suspension from Meta platforms, he had more than 4.7 million Instagram followers.
Tate’s official account on TikTok has also been suspended, and the company is attempting to delete any content about him that is against the rules. More than 12.7 billion times have been spent viewing videos with Tate-related hashtags. Tate was labelled a “dangerous misogynist” by the UK advocacy group Hope Not Hate, which urged more social media platforms to remove him from their platforms.
A TikTok official stated that misogyny is a hateful ideology and is not permitted on the platform. “We’ve been taking down offensive videos and accounts for weeks, so it’s encouraging to hear that other platforms are also taking action against this person.”
In an earlier version of this article, it was stated falsely that Tate had an active TikTok account. Not at all. It was a made-up story. That has been changed in the story to reflect it.