YouTube has become the latest platform to permanently ban former kickboxer Andrew Tate for violating hate speech rules.
The Google-owned video platform said channels associated with Mr Tate had been removed for violating terms of service – a decision following similar moves by Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Mr Tate first rose to fame when he appeared on the TV show Big Brother in 2016, but was dropped from the show after a video surfaced online showing him assaulting a woman with a belt – a clip which he claims has been edited.
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Since then, he has become more famous online with a series of comments about women, including suggesting that they “should bear some responsibility” if they are assaulted – an incident that led to the He is banned on Twitter.
In a statement sent to Bloomberg, a YouTube spokesperson said that channels associated with Mr Tate were removed for “repeated violations” of YouTube’s community guidelines and terms of service, including YouTube policy. about hate speech.
“If a channel is terminated, the uploader cannot use, own or create any other YouTube channels,” the statement said.
Online safety and hate crime campaign groups say they have warned of the dangers of Mr Tate’s online commentary, noting that videos of him are often widely re-shared by followers follow and support him, and urge social media platforms to go beyond just banning personal accounts or links he is known to use.
Andrew Tate’s YouTube account is a huge source for malicious content that spreads like wildfire across the internet. But more action is needed from all the major tech platforms to make the Internet a safer place.Joe Mulhall, Hope Not Hate
Joe Mulhall, director of research at Hope Not Hate, said: “We’re delighted that after discussions with YouTube and our public campaign, they’ve permanently deleted his account.
“Andrew Tate’s YouTube account is a huge source for malicious content that spreads like wildfire across the internet.
“But more action is needed from all the major tech platforms to make the Internet a safer place. Deleting Tate’s account from platforms does not automatically remove his content.
Videos about and about Mr Tate, often posted and re-shared by others, have become increasingly popular in recent months on YouTube and TikTok in particular – a hashtag called Mr Tate on TikTok has received more than 13 billion views, prompting calls from campaigners for more action to be taken to stop the spread of what they say is dangerous content.
On Friday, TikTok said it had been removing videos and accounts associated with Mr Tate “for weeks” and would continue to do so.
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After Facebook and Instagram banned him last week, Mr Tate issued a statement denying that he had the wrong views and accusing his critics of “distorting the facts”.
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