Andrew Tate takes part on TV travel show before becoming famous
The controversial influencer Andrew Tate, known for his provocative comments about women and masculinity, has been banned from TikTok.
Tate, a former kickboxer and Big Brother contestant, has gone viral in recent months after his clips were widely circulated on apps such as TikTok, where the majority of his content was aimed at young men leading him to be accused of toxic masculinity and misogyny. Duplicate videos of Tate are also reportedly being banned.
TikTok has now moved to ban Tate from the platform because of the content he was producing. In a statement given to the Washington Post, a spokesperson for the video-sharing app said that Tate has been removed for violating the company's policies that bars "content that attacks, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or a group"
This comes just days after Meta banned Tate from their Facebook and Instagram platforms for similar offences. In response, Tate said that he had been playing a "comedic character" and that his comments had been taken out of context. He also added that "he dedicated over 1 million dollars to charities supporting women”.
Tate is yet to comment on the ban from TikTok.
The 35-year-old American-Brit, who now resides in Romania where he runs an online “education and coaching” course called Hustler's University which has also reportedly been shut down, had more than 4 million followers on Instagram and videos tagged with his name had been viewed more than 12.7 billion times on the app.
There had previously been numerous calls for Tate to be banned from TikTok by sexual assault charities with Rape Crisis England and Wales branding his videos as a "clear example of rape culture, where rape and sexual violence are minimised and survivors are blamed for crimes committed against them."
Reaction to the news has been mixed with many feeling that Tate's message has so far been allowed to spread that a ban is unlikely to make much difference.
\u201cAndrew Tate has been banned from twitter, instagram and facebook, but I feel like at least 90% of his audience and exposure is on tiktok, if they really want to stifle his influence on the younger generation his presence needs to be stunted there\u201d
\u201cAndrew Tate and his extreme 'rape culture' misogyny now banned from FB, Insta, Twitter and TikTok\n\nThese bastards have no place on social media or in society with their hate speech...bye bye dickhead \ud83d\udc4b\n\n@YouTube ??\u201d
— LOUDLawyer Hold the LNP accountable (@LOUDLawyer Hold the LNP accountable)
\u201cTiktok, Facebook, Insta and Twitter have all banned Andrew Tate \ud83d\udc4f what a good day\u201d