Human technology

TikTok deletes Andrew Tate’s account

Comment

In videos circulating on the internet, Andrew Tate, a former kickboxing champion turned self-proclaimed male aid guru, argued that women are the property of their husbands and should “have kids, stay home, shut up and make coffee.

He claimed he needed authority over the women he dated, saying, “You can’t be responsible for a dog if it doesn’t obey you.” He said he would attack a woman who accused him of cheating and described herself as “absolutely misogynistic”.

His fans called him the king of toxic masculinity.

Tate’s content quickly spread across social media this summer, racking up millions of views and raising concerns about the impact on boys and young men who discover it. After seeing its popularity peak in recent months, he has bragged about his reach.

Now Tate has been banned from TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.

In a statement to The Washington Post, a representative for TikTok said Tate’s account was removed for violating company rules. Strategies which prohibits “content that attacks, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or group” based on attributes, including gender. Meta said it deleted Tate’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts, pointing out Strategies against dangerous organizations and individuals.

Tate, a 35-year-old US-born, UK-raised Romanian resident who ran an online ‘education and coaching’ program called Hustler’s University, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. sunday.

Other social media influencers – in the same way several organizations that support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence – had demanded that he be removed from social media platforms. Hope Not Hate, a Britain-based group that started a petition calling for Tate to be removed, described him as dangerous.

“The effect that Tate’s brand of vitriolic misogyny can have on young male audiences is deeply concerning”, Hope Not Hate said. “His content is widely celebrated by his fans for bringing back ‘traditional masculinity’. However, we also know that misogyny can be a gateway to other extreme and discriminatory viewpoints.

The group noted Daily Beast Reports that Tate’s home in Romania was raided in April as part of a human trafficking investigation. No arrests were made and Tate denied any wrongdoing.

Tate first rose to prominence in 2016, when he was cast on the reality TV show “Big Brother.” the BBC reported, after a video emerged that appeared to show him punching a woman. The couple later claimed their actions were consensual. In 2017, he sparked an online furor after posting on Twitter that women should take personal responsibility and protect themselves from sexual assault.

In the thread, posted in response to allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, he wrote: “If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must [bear] some responsibility. I’m not saying it’s okay that you were raped. Twitter permanently suspended his account as a result, NBC News reported.

Tate initially had a following among far-right social media circles, NBC News reported. He dined in 2019 with Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory propagator Jack Posobiec; Fellow conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich called him a friend. He has made several appearances on Infowars.

But it’s been in the past few months that Tate has gone mainstream, as videos and podcast interviews featuring him took off on social media and he soared. in Google searches. By August, he had over 4 million Instagram followers; videos tagged with his name have reportedly been viewed 12.7 billion times.

Its sudden ubiquity did not happen organically, the Warden reported. Paying Hustler University members were asked to bombard social media platforms with his videos, selecting the most controversial to boost engagement in what pundits described to the outlet as algorithmic manipulation. Among the videos that gained traction was one in which he advised his followers to ‘slap, slap, grab, choke’ women in the bedroom and another in which he said he was dating young people. 18 and 19 year olds because it’s easier to leave an “imprint” on them.

Many of the videos that have attracted viewers on TikTok appear to have been posted by Tate subscribers. A TikTok spokesperson told The Post: “Our investigation into this content is ongoing and we continue to remove violent accounts and videos that promote misogyny and other hateful behavior.”

Responding to criticism over his comments, Tate said in an interview with NBC News that he plays an “online character” and trains men “to avoid toxic people as a whole”.

“It has nothing to do [with] hate for women,” he told the outlet.

Yet Tate’s influence caused enough alarm that an Instagram account aimed at classroom teachers created a guide for expressing his point of view to the students. Groups aiming to help victims of domestic violence argued that allowing his comments to remain on social media platforms normalized misogyny and violence.

Zainab Gulamali, policy and public affairs officer at Women’s Aid in Britain, told the Daily Mail“Making derogatory comments and videos about the abuse of women is as dangerous as it is unacceptable: it normalizes the misogynistic and sexist attitudes that are at the root of all violence against women and girls.”

“Sexist actions and language that reinforce women’s inequality have been tolerated for far too long,” she added. “It is vital that we all challenge these deeply ingrained misogynistic attitudes, which normalize for women to be emotionally abused, belittled and controlled, as well as physically hurt.”