YouTube is the latest platform to permanently ban former kickboxer Andrew Tate for violating its hate speech rules.
The Google-owned video platform said channels connected to Mr Tate had been removed for violating their terms of service – a decision that follows similar moves by Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Mr Tate first came to prominence when he appeared on the TV show Big Brother in 2016 but was removed from the program after a video surfaced online that appeared to show him attacking a woman with a belt – a clip , which he claimed was edited.
He has since gained further notoriety online for a series of comments about women, including suggesting they “have some responsibility” if they are attacked – an incident that led to his being banned from Twitter.
In a statement given to Bloomberg, a YouTube spokesperson said channels associated with Mr Tate had been removed for “multiple violations” of YouTube’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Service, including its hate speech policy.
“When a channel is terminated, the uploader cannot use, own or create other YouTube channels,” the statement said.
Online safety and anti-hate campaign groups say they have been warning of the dangers of Mr Tate’s online comment for some time, noting that videos of him were often widely shared by his followers and supporters, and calling for the Encouraged social media platforms to go beyond just banning personal or linked accounts he was known to be using.
Joe Mulhall, Director of Research at Hope Not Hate said: “We are delighted that following discussions with YouTube and our public campaign, they have permanently removed his account.
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“Andrew Tate’s YouTube account was a huge source of malicious content that spread across the internet like wildfire.
“But more action is needed from all major technology platforms to make the internet a safer place. Removing Tate’s accounts from platforms does not automatically remove his content.”
Videos by and about Mr Tate, often posted and re-shared by others, have become increasingly popular on YouTube and especially TikTok in recent months – a hashtag of Mr Tate’s name on TikTok has received more than 13 billion views, which Prompting activists to call for further action to be taken to stop the spread of allegedly dangerous content.
On Friday, TikTok said it had removed videos and accounts linked to Mr Tate “for weeks” and will continue to do so.
After Facebook and Instagram banned him last week, Mr Tate issued a statement denying he held misogynist views and accusing his critics of “skewing facts”.
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