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    Who Is Andrew Tate? Why Is He Banned From TikTok?

    The proliferating popularity of the notorious internet personality and former professional kickboxer, Andrew Tate is put to an end. He has been known for his misogynistic commentary on social media rather than for his kickboxing profession. Tate, who calls himself a marketing influencer, is abrogated from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and now, TikTok. 

    The humongous popularity resorted to Tate heavily falls on his hate speech against women, men who support women, sexual victims, and individuals suffering from depression. Tate has been shaped as a cult-like figure on social media by ‘many young directionless men across several English-speaking countries for his anti-feminist and anti-humanitarian views in particular.

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    Andrew Tate and Hate

    Andrew Tate inside the ring

    Before his ban from TikTok, Andrew Tate had 4.7 million followers on TikTok. “In July, there were more Google searches for his name than for Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian,” reports Guardian. His videos contain hate speeches toward women who do not bound themselves in the kitchen. Tate says women are properties of men, should not drive, and are to be entitled to appease men’s sexual needs. He also vehemently propagates the toxic view that rape victims must “bear responsibility” for their attacks. 

    His view on why men must date women aged 18-19 because they can ‘make an imprint’ on them rather than women who have already been used by other people gained a majority of views on TikTok and had numerous comments supporting the ex-TikToker’s toxic masculinity.   

    When an interviewer asked Tate how he would attack a woman if she accused him of cheating, Tate replied, “It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up bitch.” In another video, he described how he would throw his alleged woman’s things out of the window. He also called out his ex-girlfriend who accused him of assault – a “dumb hoe”. Tate, however, denies the allegation of battery. 

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    Why Did TikTok Ban Tate?

    Tweet against Andrew Tate’s misogynistic ideals on social media

    Tate’s misogynistic ideals came onto the radar of many activist organizations like ‘Hope Not Hate’ and ‘White Ribbons’ who called out for his social accounts to be banned. As a result of this many social media platforms including TikTok, the most-streamed platform in the world, has taken action against Tate.

    Tate’s commentaries violated the company’s policies on dangerous organizations and individuals, said a spokesperson for Meta, which owns Instagram and Facebook. Before the ban, Tate had 4.7 million followers on Instagram. Following them, TikTok banned Andrew Tate permanently from using their platform. The company told The Washington Post that the ‘king of toxic masculinity’ is banned from their platform on accounts of violating their policy barring “content that attacks, threatens, incites violence against, or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or a group.”

    Misogyny is a hateful ideology that is not tolerated on TikTok,” the TikTok spokesperson said, adding “Our investigation into this content is ongoing, as we continue to remove violative accounts and videos, and pursue measures to strengthen our enforcement, including our detection models, against this type of content.

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