Andrew Tate banned from Instagram and Facebook over ‘misogynistic’ videos

Andrew Tate has been banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating its policies, Meta has confirmed.

The parent company of both platforms said it had removed Tate’s official accounts for violating its rules regarding dangerous organizations or individuals and was now banned from using Facebook or Instagram.

Tate shot to fame in 2016 when he appeared on the reality show Big Brother. However, he was removed from the program after a video emerged online which appeared to show him attacking a woman with a belt – a clip which he said had been edited.

He has since gained further notoriety online for a number of comments about women, including suggesting they “bear some responsibility” for being assaulted – an incident for which he was banned from Twitter.

A number of campaign groups have criticized Tate for his views and warned he poses a danger to young men and boys who see his content online, urging the various platforms he is active on to take him down.

Andrew Tate (channel 5 via PA)

Andrew Tate’s videos have started going viral on TikTok

Videos of and about Tate have also become popular on YouTube and TikTok – videos using a hashtag of his name have been viewed more than 13 billion times on TikTok alone.

In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson said, “Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok. We’ve been removing violent videos and accounts for weeks, and are happy to hear that other platforms are also taking action against this individual. »

Google – owner of YouTube – was also approached for comment.

Joe Mulhall, research director at Hope Not Hate, said: “Tate poses a real threat to young men, radicalizing them towards extremism, misogyny, racism and homophobia.

“We have provided significant evidence to major social media platforms, including Meta, about his activity and why he needs to be taken down.

“We welcome Meta’s swift action to remove Andrew Tate and we will pressure TikTok to follow suit. They must act now to prevent the spread of these extremist views.”

Ruth Davison, chief executive of women’s safety charity Refuge, said Meta made the “right decision” in banning Tate.

“This is the kind of decisive action needed to tackle the online radicalization of young men towards a violently misogynistic worldview,” she said.

“The same kind of action is now needed outside of high profile cases like this – we know that women face harassment, harassment and abuse online every day, often without even a response from businesses. of social media.”

Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said the “hatred” of Tate had been “amplified in the newsfeeds of millions of young men”.

He said social media platforms must now do more to crack down on videos that show Tate or those that amplify his opinions.

“We need to do more. Tate encourages its subscribers to post its videos using their own accounts and link to its website. The accounts still stream clips of Tate as part of its Hustler’s University pyramid scheme. YouTube is full of videos doing this and has earned Google millions in ad revenue,” he said.

“Meta should now go further and ensure that others who post videos featuring Mr. Tate are punished for violating their community’s hate standards, and ban the posting of links to his website, which contains material intended to radicalize young men.”

In a statement, Tate denied having misogynistic views and accused the media of creating a “false image” of him.

“It is very unfortunate that old videos of me playing a comedic character have been taken out of context and amplified to the point where people believe absolutely false stories about me,” the statement read.

“Internet sensationalism has claimed the idea that I am (sic) anti-women when nothing could be further from the truth. It’s just hateful mobs that aren’t interested in facts and trying to m attack personally.

“The media is repeatedly putting out a fake image of me and Instagram giving in to the pressure is a huge disgrace.

“I have nothing but positivity to spread regarding all PEOPLE, be they (sic) male OR female, and that has been reflected in all of my recent posts and messages.”