Controversial social media influencer and former reality TV star Andrew Tate was banned from Meta platforms Facebook and Instagram on Friday.
Tate, 35, was sanctioned for violating Meta’s policies on dangerous organizations and individuals, according to the BBC. Before being banned, Tate had more than 4.7 million followers on his Instagram account @cobratate.
The former kickboxing champion discussed the ban with popular Twitch streamer Adin Ross.
“I completely understand his position,” Tate said. “It’s not a big loss for me. It’s not something I use too often.
“I’m a little relieved because the real world is such a beautiful place. The less there is on my phone and it’s just one less thing I have to look at. I’ll get in my supercar and go for a ride.
Tate told the Twitch streamer that he doesn’t know why he was banned from Meta platforms. But he went on to say that he had “good people on the case” and that he trusted “due process.”
Tate’s first rise to the spotlight came when he appeared as a contestant on the UK version of “Big Brother” in 2016.
He was kicked off the show after a video surfaced showing him allegedly assaulting a woman. Tate’s take on the video is that it was edited and “a total lie trying to make me look bad”, as reported by the BBC.
In 2017, at the height of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Twitter suspended Tate for saying women should “take responsibility” for being sexually assaulted.
Tate’s popularity has grown amid outlandish comments about women’s intelligence, saying they are “inherently lazy” and a strong belief that men should have “authority” over a woman when in a relationship.
While on Adin Ross’ Twitch stream, Andrew Tate revealed that he reportedly isn’t aware of what caused today’s ban of his Instagram and Facebook accounts pic.twitter.com/cjHT24BMWe
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CBS News reported that an account associated with Tate has been permanently banned from TikTok as the company steps up efforts to remove videos of Tate’s hateful ideologies. Videos of him are uploaded by various accounts not directly associated with Tate, and #andrewtate has over 13 billion views on TikTok.
“Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove non-compliant accounts and videos, and take steps to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content,” a CBS News spokesperson said.