ouTube has grow to be the newest platform to completely ban former kickboxer Andrew Tate, for breaching its guidelines on hate speech.
The Google-owned video platform mentioned channels related to Mr Tate had been eliminated for breaching its phrases of service – a choice that follows related strikes by Fb, Instagram and TikTok.
Mr Tate first got here to prominence when he appeared on the TV present Huge Brother in 2016, however was faraway from the programme after a video surfaced on-line which appeared to indicate him attacking a lady with a belt – a clip he claimed had been edited.
If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to make use of, personal or create another YouTube channels
Since then, he has gained additional notoriety on-line for a string of feedback about girls, together with suggesting that they “bear some accountability” if they’re assaulted – an incident which led to him being banned from Twitter.
In a press release given to Bloomberg, a YouTube spokesperson mentioned that channels related to Mr Tate had been eliminated due to “a number of violations” of YouTube’s neighborhood pointers and phrases of service, together with its hate speech coverage.
“If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to make use of, personal or create another YouTube channels,” the assertion mentioned.
On-line security and anti-hate marketing campaign teams mentioned they’d been warning of the hazards of Mr Tate’s on-line commentary for a while, noting that movies of him have been usually broadly re-shared by his followers and supporters, and urged social media platforms to transcend simply banning private or linked accounts he was identified to make use of.
Andrew Tate’s YouTube account was an enormous supply for dangerous content material which unfold like wildfire throughout the web. However extra motion is required from all main tech platforms to make the web a safer place
Joe Mulhall, director of analysis at Hope Not Hate, mentioned: “We’re delighted that after discussions with YouTube, and our public campaigning, they’ve completely eliminated his account.
“Andrew Tate’s YouTube account was an enormous supply for dangerous content material which unfold like wildfire throughout the web.
“However extra motion is required from all main tech platforms to make the web a safer place. Eradicating Tate’s accounts from platforms doesn’t routinely take away his content material.”
Movies of and about Mr Tate, usually posted and re-shared by others, have grow to be more and more fashionable in latest months on YouTube and TikTok particularly – a hashtag of Mr Tate’s identify on TikTok has acquired greater than 13 billion views, main campaigners to name for additional motion to be taken to cease the unfold of what it says is harmful content material.
On Friday, TikTok mentioned it had been eradicating movies and accounts linked to Mr Tate “for weeks” and would proceed to take action.
Within the wake of Fb and Instagram banning him final week, Mr Tate issued a press release denying that he held misogynistic views and accused his critics of “twisting details”.