For breaking its rules, Meta has banned influencer Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram.
The former kickboxer gained notoriety in 2016 after being fired from the reality TV program Big Brother due to a video that purported to show him assaulting a woman.
As a result of his comments that women should “carry responsibility” for being sexually assaulted, he later gained prominence online and was banned from Twitter.
At the time his Instagram account was deleted, he had 4.7 million followers.
From a little over a million followers in June, that number increased quickly.
Meta claimed that the kickboxing celebrity had been removed from its platforms due to a violation of its standards regarding harmful organizations and people, but it made no further mention of this.
Mr. Tate said the footage had been manipulated at the time of his withdrawal from Big Brother, calling it “a pure falsehood trying to make me seem terrible.”
He has yet to respond to the Meta ban.
By disinformation and social media correspondent Marianna Spring
Andrew Tate’s films, which promote misogyny and target women, have gained attention this summer, with many adolescents noting on how frequently he appears in their social media feeds.
Concerns have been raised regarding the real-world impact that his content could have, particularly on younger users exposed to it during their school breaks.
The spotlight has been focused on TikTok, where people claim to have been effortlessly serving Mr. Tate’s videos, triggering a new wave of videos discussing and criticizing his content. Due to the fact that he has amassed millions of views on YouTube, the website is also under pressure.
I showed BBC Panorama how social media sites drive anti-women hatred. Investigations revealed that certain platform algorithms were promoting an increasing amount of misogyny to troll accounts.
Since then, a number of websites have pledged to better protect female users. However, questions are now again being raised regarding the role of social media platforms in promoting anti-women propaganda.
A genuine threat to young men
He has received online criticism for his remarks, particularly from the UK advocacy organization Hope Not to Hate, which applauded the most recent ban.
The director of research for the organization, Joe Mulhall, stated that Mr. Tate “poses a significant threat to young males, radicalizing them towards radicalism, misogyny, racism, and homophobia.”
He added: “We have supplied substantial information to the major social media platforms, including Meta, regarding his behavior and the reasons why he must be removed.
“We applaud Meta’s prompt removal of Andrew Tate, and we will exert pressure on TikTok to follow suit. They must act immediately to prevent the propagation of these radical ideologies.”
A representative for TikTok told the BBC: “The terrible ideology of misogyny is not permitted on TikTok.
We’ve been eliminating infringing videos and accounts for weeks, and we’re pleased to hear that other sites are also taking action against this user.
‘Absolutely a misogynist’
The #AndrewTate hashtag has been seen over 12.7 billion times on TikTok alone.
In addition to videos of Tate and his admirers, this number also contains recordings of those criticizing the influencer.
And some of his most successful videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.
In a video in which he was interviewed by another YouTuber, he claimed to be a celebrity “utterly sexist,” adding, “I’m a realist, and when you’re a realism, you’re sexist.” It is impossible to be grounded in reality and not be sexist.”
Later in the same video, he referred to women as “intrinsically sluggish” and claimed that “there is no such thing as an independent woman.”
Mr. Tate stated in a previous video, “If I am responsible for her, I must have some authority.”
He said, “You cannot be responsible for an unobedient dog.”