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A couple of months ago, no one had heard of Andrew Tate.
However, the once obscure British personality is now one of the most talked about personalities on the internet.
He also most recently gained notoriety for being banned from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and Twitter, which separated him from the millions of followers he has amassed.
So who is Tate and why did he deserve a complete ban on social networks?
Failed reality star turned self-help guru
According to BBCThe 35-year-old former kickboxer first came to public attention as a contestant on the reality show Big Brother.
However, his tenure on the show was short-lived and Tate was removed from the show after a video surfaced showing him insulting a woman with a belt.
The keeper reported that Tate and the woman said the actions in the video were consensual.
After this incident, Tate took to building an online image of a self-help guru promising to teach men how to get rich and pick up women, in what Tate calls “escape from the matrix.” CNET.
He advertised his life as proof of his methods; “I grew up broke and now I’m a multimillionaire,” Tate wrote on his personal website.
Tate’s lessons are available through his online business Hustler’s University, which has about 127,000 members currently paying £39 ($63.72) a month. The keeper.
Here, his clients – some of them as young as 13 – take classes on topics like crypto trading and dropshipping. Students also receive commissions for referrals.
Tate’s personal brand has been further strengthened by the spread of videos on social media – often edited from interviews and cut into small pieces.
These videos featured Tate’s views on a range of issues in keeping with his so-called alpha male personality: how to accumulate wealth, Covid-19 restrictions and vaccines (he disapproved), Donald Trump (he approves).
But the videos with Tates’ opinions about women have become the most viral.
The keeper reported that in one video, Tate described how he expected his girlfriends to behave.
“I expect absolute loyalty from my woman,” he said.
“I won’t let my chicks talk to other dudes, love other dudes. My chicks don’t go to the club without me, they’re at home.”
In another video, Tate explains what he would do if a girl accused him of cheating: “It’s to hit with a machete, hit her in the face and grab her neck. Shut up, bitch.”
According to BBCTate has been seen in other videos stating that women are “naturally lazy” and comparing them to dogs he would have power over.
Banned on social media
Such misogynistic views eventually led to Tate being banned from various major social media platforms, starting with Twitter, which banned him in 2017 for saying, among other things, that female rape victims should “bear some responsibility.”
At the height of his infamy, Tate was more searched on Google than figures like Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian.
August 20, 2022 NPR reported that he was banned from using the Meta, Facebook and Instagram platforms, for violating policies against dangerous individuals and organizations and inciting hatred; he had 4.7 million followers on his Instagram account.
TikTok also banned Tate, citing the personality’s “misogyny,” which he called a “hateful ideology.”
Following his Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok bans, Tate was further banned from YouTube for violating his hate speech policy. BBC.
In the “last post” posted by Tate on Vimeo following his ban, the influencer claimed that many of his comments were taken out of context.
Despite Tate’s personal absence from the platforms, many of his videos continue to circulate due to the presence of copycat accounts.
On TikTok, one account called “Tatesmarts” has garnered over 154,000 followers and described itself as “spreading some of Tate’s wisdom.”
Concerns about Tate’s influence on boys who might stumble upon his videos while browsing social media have been so great that several schools in Australia have sent resources to parents with advice on how to have conversations with their children about Tate’s content, it is reported. ABC News.
“As a school, we do not support the views of Andrew Tate and do not want to perpetuate them in the school,” Greg Rolton, Principal of Unlee High School in Adelaide, wrote to the families of his students.
“Please find the included resources we have made available to all staff to ensure they have the tools to respond to such extreme views that can affect impressionable students.”
Top image from cobratate’s Instagram account and Andrew Tate’s Vimeo channel.