BUCHAREST – YouTube has now banned Andrew Tate, a controversial social media influencer. Following similar moves by Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, the platform is the latest to impose a ban on Tate.
The multi-millionaire entrepreneur and former kickboxing champion grew his fan base largely as a result of misogynistic and sensationalist content; Tate’s videos earned him the moniker “King of Toxic Masculinity” from his followers, who are mostly between the ages of 16 and 25.
YouTube said in a statement to Bloomberg that it first took action against Tate in July after he posted a video spreading misinformation about COVID-19. His permanent ban is said to be the result of “multiple violations” of the platform’s community guidelines.
Tate will be unable to use, own, or create any other channels as a result of his termination from YouTube.
“Banning Andrew Tate from these platforms might seem the answer, but it isn’t that simple. Removing Tate’s voice doesn’t allow for a kinder hate-free society,” a spokesperson representing Tate told Bloomberg.
“There is a running contradiction in today’s society where men are encouraged to speak and be open/honest with how they feel but are generally met with a negative response to their truth,” they added.
Romanian police raided Andrew Tate’s home in April as part of a human-trafficking investigation, bringing new attention to Tate’s social media following since then. Andrew Tate has denied his involvement in running a human-trafficking ring.
Tate’s channel has been deleted on Twitch, but he’s still appearing on other people’s channels. It is unclear whether the platform has banned him. Meanwhile, TikTok has said it has banned the creator’s account but as Vice points out, Tate-related content still exists on the app. As of today, Mashable can see #andrewtate has 13.9 billion views on TikTok, with thousands of videos featuring Tate’s words. – Mashable
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