Andrew Tate, a controversial influencer, has been banned from both Instagram and Facebook
Meta confirmed on Friday that controversial influencer Andrew Tate has been permanently banned from both Facebook and Instagram.
Meta claims that they banned 35-year-old Tate from both sites due to him interacting with dangerous organisations and other potentially harmful people. T he ex-professional kickboxer had amassed 4.7 million Instagram followers.
Tate spoke with popular streamer Adin Ross on Twitch about the ban, stating he does not know why he was banned but has faith in “due process.”
“I’m not angry at them at any regard,” 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 originally gained widespread attention in 2016 after he was expelled from the U.K. version of “Big Brother (U.K.)” for what seemed to be an attack on a female competitor. He said that the video was doctored and “a total lie trying to make me look bad,” as reported by the BBC.
He has now gained worldwide notoriety for his sexist and sexist-themed commentary across a variety of online sites. When charges against notorious Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein began to surface in 2017, he made a number of incendiary comments, including that women “bear responsibility” for sexual assault. As an added insult, he has said that women are “intrinsically lazy” and detailed how a male should exercise “authority” in a relationship with a woman.
In recent years, he has risen to prominence among the teen demographic on the video-sharing platforms TikTok and YouTube.
While CBS News learned Friday that a TikTok account linked to Tate had been permanently blocked, the company claims it is increasing enforcement on videos in which Tate expresses racist and sexist views. These clips originate from a variety of uploaders. More than 13 billion people have watched videos on TikTok using the hashtag #andrewtate.
“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok,” a company spokesperson told in a statement. “Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove violative accounts and videos, and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content.”