Controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate banned from Instagram and Facebook

Controversial influencer Andrew Tate has been banned from Facebook and Instagram, Meta confirmed to CBS News on Friday.

Tate, 35, was taken off both platforms for violating Meta’s policies on dangerous organizations and individuals, Meta said. The former professional kickboxer had 4.7 million followers on Instagram before the ban, according to the BBC.

Discussing the ban on a Twitch stream with popular streamer Adin Ross, Tate said he’s not exactly sure why he was banned from the platforms, and he’s relying on “a fair trial.”

“I’m not mad at them in any way,” he said. “It’s not a big loss for me. It’s not something I use too often. But I do understand their position.”

Tate first rose to fame in “Big Brother (UK)” as a contestant in 2016 when he was removed from the show for a video in which he appeared to assault a woman. He said the video had been edited and was “a total lie to make me look bad,” the BBC reported.

Since then, he has become known around the world for expressing misogynistic views and criticizing women on various platforms. Among his controversial comments, he was suspended from Twitter in 2017 for saying that women “bear responsibility” for sexual abuse as accusations poured in against disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. He also called women “intrinsically lazy” and he even explained how a man should have “authority” over a woman he is dating.

In recent years, he has become a towering figure to the public on TikTok and YouTube — two sites that are overwhelmingly popular with teenagers.

Although an account linked to Tate on TikTok has been permanently banned, CBS News learned Friday, the company says it continues to ramp up enforcement of videos of Tate expressing hateful ideologies. Those videos were uploaded from different accounts. Videos with the hashtag #andrewtate have over 13 billion views on TikTok.

“Misophobia is a hateful ideology that will not be tolerated on TikTok,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News. “Our investigation into this content is ongoing as we continue to remove infringing accounts and videos and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content.”

CBS News also reached out to Google, where Tate has an active YouTube channel with more than 750,000 subscribers, to see if it planned to take action, but didn’t get back right away.

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