Andrew Tate, a controversial content creator and former kickboxer, has been permanently banned from TikTok, the platform that has significantly assisted him in growing his online popularity over the last six months.
Who Is TikTok Star Andrew Tate?
For starters, Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer and Big Brother competitor, rose to internet fame in 2022, with TikTok playing a significant role in his success.
Several clips from his podcast, besides his own account, and other appearances, went viral on the app, with TikTok's algorithm frequently recommending more and more of his content if you viewed a couple of videos.
However, on August 22, TikTok permanently blocked the work of Andrew Tate, which came just days after he was banned from the Meta platforms Instagram and Facebook.
Meta announced on Friday it had removed Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram as the former kickboxer's fame soars amid widespread condemnation by critics for being "homophobic" and a "violent misogynist." At that time, TikTok revealed that it was conducting an investigation into sexist posts.
Andrew Tate denied allegations that he was a misogynist in an email to NBC News. However, the TikTok star stated in a YouTube video that he "doesn't care" about being labelled a misogynist or about being banned or cancelled.
Hope Not Hate, and other advocacy groups applauded Meta's latest move, especially since Andrew Tate's social media presence reportedly creates a "Dangerous slip road into the far-right." The Rape Crisis England and Wales also told the Daily Mail it is “unacceptable that such a blatant display of misogyny is being given a platform.”
Why was Andrew Tate banned from TikTok?
TikTok claimed in a statement to the Washington Post that Andrew Tate's account was disabled because it violated the company's policy on "material that assaults, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or a group."
TikTok videos with the hashtag Andrew Tate had been seen over 13 billion times. TikTok told The Independent that it is also attempting to remove clips of Andrew Tate's content that other users have submitted on the service.
“Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok. We’ve been removing violative videos and accounts for weeks, and we welcome the news that other platforms are also taking action against this individual.”
At the time of writing, the Andrew Tate hashtag was still viewable on TikTok, but it is likely that it will be shadowbanned, as other controversial or hazardous hashtags have been.
Andrew Tate's Hustler's University program was also been shut down.
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