Instagram and Facebook ban Andrew Tate
Instagram and Facebook have banned Andrew Tate, a self-described “success coach” who has come under fire for what many perceive to be misogynistic advice.
A representative for Meta, the company that owns Instagram and Facebook, confirmed to NBC News on Friday that Tate’s official accounts had been deleted from the social media networks because they had broken the company’s rules against harmful groups and people. The ban is unbreakable, the spokeswoman added.
Tate’s influence on his largely young audience has drawn significant concern from parents and educators, leading to an internet campaign to deplatform him.
Tate had 4.7 million Instagram followers before to the ban.
Tate has long been involved in far-right communities, but it was only after his appearances on numerous podcasts and Twitch streams that he started to acquire support and become more well-known.
His extreme statements—comparing women to property, graphically describing how he would attack a woman for accusing him of cheating, and asserting that men prefer to date women in their mid-20s over those in their 18s and 19s because the younger ones have had sex with fewer men—have contributed significantly to his continued viral success.
His opinions have been frequently reshared on Instagram Reels and TikTok.
Requests for comment regarding the Facebook and Instagram ban went unanswered by Tate right away.
He has refuted misogynistic accusations and previously told NBC News that the purpose of his words is to advise males to “avoid poisonous people as a collective.”
In addition, after Romanian authorities raided Tate’s home following a tip about an American lady being detained against her will, Tate was charged with running a pyramid scheme through his online programme “Hustler’s University 2.0” and with participating in a human trafficking operation. Tate refuted both charges.
In 2017, during the height of the #MeToo movement, he tweeted that women should “bear some responsibility” for being sexually assaulted. This was in addition to other statements that were heavily criticised for appearing to place the blame for harassment and abuse on women. That year, Twitter permanently suspended his account.