Andrew Tate’s profiles on Facebook and Instagram have been banned

Meta confirmed to CBS News on Friday that controversial influencer Andrew Tate was banned from Facebook and Instagram.

According to Meta, Tate, 35, was removed from both platforms for breaking its regulations about harmful organizations and individuals. According to the BBC, the former professional kickboxer had 4.7 million Instagram followers before to the ban.

Tate discussed the ban in a Twitch stream with popular streamer Adin Ross, stating that he does not know why he was banned from the platforms and that he 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 to prominence as a contestant on “Big Brother (U.K.)” in 2016, when he was booted from the show after a video purported to show him assaulting a woman. According to the BBC, he stated that the footage was manipulated and “a blatant fake intended to make me seem terrible.”

Since then, he has gained worldwide notoriety for expressing misogynistic ideas and denigrating women across multiple media. As allegations against famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein started coming in, he was barred from Twitter in 2017 for claiming that women “have culpability” for being sexually abused. He has previously referred to women as “intrinsically lazy” and described how a male dating a woman should have “power” over her.

In recent years, he has risen to prominence among viewers on TikTok and YouTube, two sites that are immensely popular among adolescents.

While CBS News has learned that a TikTok account related with Tate has been permanently blocked, the business claims it continues to increase enforcement of videos in which Tate expresses hateful ideas. These videos were uploaded from several accounts. On TikTok, videos with the hashtag #andrewtate have received more than 13 billion views.

“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok,” a company spokesperson told CBS News 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.”

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