Influencer Andrew Tate has been banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating its policies, social media giant Meta has confirmed.
The parent company of the two platforms said it had removed Mr Tate’s official accounts for violating rules on dangerous organizations or individuals and that he was now banned from using Facebook or Instagram.
Mr Tate rose to fame when he appeared on the reality TV show Big Brother in 2016, however, he was dropped from the show after a video surfaced online showing him assaulting a woman with a belt – a clip that he claims has been edited .
Since then, he has become more famous online for a number of comments about women, including suggesting that they “should bear some responsibility” for being assaulted – an incident he said banned on Twitter.
Several advocacy groups have criticized Mr Tate for his views and warned he is a danger to young men viewing his content online, while calling out the various platforms he is working on. operation delete him.
Videos about and about Mr Tate have also become popular on both YouTube and TikTok – videos using the hashtag bearing his name have been viewed more than 13 billion times on TikTok alone.
In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson said: “Misogyny is a hate ideology that cannot be tolerated on TikTok. We have been removing the offending videos and accounts for weeks, and we welcome the news that other platforms are also taking action against this individual.”
Google – which owns YouTube – has also been approached for comment.
Responding to news of Mr Tate’s Facebook and Instagram bans, Joe Mulhall, director of research at Hope Not Hate, said: “Tate poses a real threat to young, extreme men radicalize them to extremism, racism and homophobia.
“We provided significant evidence to major social media platforms, including Meta, about his activity and why he had to be removed.
“We welcome Meta’s swift action in removing Andrew Tate and we will put pressure on TikTok to follow this example. They must act now to prevent the further spread of these extremist views.”
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Ruth Davison, executive director of women’s safety charity Refuge, said Meta made the “right decision” to ban Mr Tate.
“This is the kind of decisive action needed to address the online radicalization of young men towards a theoretically flawed worldview,” she said.
“Similar action is now needed outside of well-known cases like this – we know that women are being stalked, harassed and abused online every day, often with no response from companies. social media”.
Imran Ahmed, executive director of the Center against Digital Hate, said Mr Tate’s “hate” had been “amplified into millions of young men’s feeds”.
He said social media platforms now need to do more to prevent videos showing Tate or those that amplify his views.
“More needs to be done. Tate encourages his followers to post his videos with their own accounts and link back to his website. The accounts are still churning out clips of Tate such as: part of his Hustler University pyramid scheme. YouTube has tons of videos doing this and has helped Google make millions of dollars in advertising,” he said.
“Meta should now go further and make sure that others who post videos containing Mr Tate are punished for violating their community standards of hate and banned from posting links to his site. , containing material designed to radicalize youth”.
In a statement, Mr Tate denied he had a false opinion and accused his critics of “distorting the facts”.
“Unfortunately, my old videos, where I played a comedic character, were taken out of context and amplified to the point where people believed that the narratives were completely false about me,” the statement said. .
“Internet sensationalism has brought up the idea that I (sic) is against women when nothing could be further from the truth. This is simply hating the mob that doesn’t care about the truth of the matter trying to attack me personally.
“The media is repeating a false image of me, and bowing to the pressure on instagram is a huge shame.
“I have nothing but positivity to spread about everyone, male or female, and this has been reflected in all of my recent messages and posts.”
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