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Meta and TikTok bans influencer Andrew Tate — who's known for misogynistic comments — from Facebook and Instagram

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Andrew Tate had over 4 million followers on Instagram before he was banned.
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  • Meta has banned Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram, where he had over 4 million followers.
  • TikTok also banned Tate, and appeared to ban at least one popular fanpage made for him. 
  • Tate blew up earlier this year and became known for a brand of male-affirmation and misogyny.

Influencer Andrew Tate — who is known for making misogynistic comments online — has been banned from TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. 

A spokesperson for Meta told Insider that Tate was banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating policies around dangerous organizations and individuals and for violating policies on hate speech. Tate had over 4 million followers on his Instagram account "Cobratate" before the ban. 

The spokesperson said Tate is not allowed to have a presence on either of the platforms and that the ban is permanent.

A TikTok spokesperson also told Insider that it banned Tate's account, which had over 100,000 followers and featured many videos of him talking. The spokesperson said that "misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok" and said its "investigation into this content is ongoing."

TikTok also told Insider that it's using technology to remove duplicated clips of the prohibited Tate content, and marking some content so it can't appear on users' For You pages.

The 35-year-old influencer has been active on the internet for years but didn't blow up until earlier in 2022, when he went viral with heavily shared podcast clips and a slew of fanpages dedicated to sharing his content began to spring up, especially on TikTok.

Along with Tate's account, TikTok appeared to ban at least one fanpage made for him, @tate_grindset, which Insider previously reported had amassed over 130,000 followers.

Tate has become known for a hypermasculine brand of wealth tips and self-help ideas that often veer into misogyny. Among many controversial remarks, he's said women are "incapable of fighting," talked about how he would hit a woman with a machete, and suggested that a woman's genitals belong to her boyfriend if they're in a relationship. In previous years, he also sparked backlash for saying rape victims need to "bear some responsibility" and said "depression isn't real."

Tate has also been accused of leading a multi-level marketing-like scheme with his online training program "Hustlers University," which promises members a "community where me and dozens of War Room soldiers will teach YOU exactly how to make money." The program launched last year on Discord, and fans can buy in for $49 a month. Numerous people have called the project a scam, with members incentivized to speak positively about it and share Tate's content because they receive money if others sign up for the "University" using their affiliate link.

Alexander Reid Ross, an instructor at Portland State University who has researched far-right groups like the Proud Boys and disinformation online, previously told Insider that Tate "took the 'manosphere' by storm" and called him a "one-stop hate shop."

A spokesperson for Tate also did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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