YouTube Joins Other Social Media Platforms in Banning Andrew Tate

YouTube joins other social media platforms in deciding to ban influencer Andrew Tate for allegedly violating its policies.

Google’s video-based site announced it would shut down channels associated with Mr. Tate after Facebook and Instagram took similar steps. Twitter also banned the former kickboxer in 2017 after he said women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted.

Mr. Tate participated in the television show Big Brother but rose to fame in a negative way in 2016 after he was kicked off for being seen in a video attacking a woman.

Back then, he claimed that the controversial clip had been edited out and called it a “total lie” intended to make him look bad in the public eye.

YouTube owner Google told the media they had shut down Mr. Tate’s channels on the platform for “multiple violations of our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service, including our hate speech policy.”

“If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels,” the tech giant added.

The former kickboxer had amassed more than a million followers across all his YouTube channels.

Previously, the short-form video hosting service TikTok also banned an account related to Mr. Tate, citing an investigation to remove content that violates its policies.

“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,” a TikTok spokesperson said when the measure was announced.

“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,” the spokesperson added.

When his account was deleted, Mr. Tate had 4.7 million followers on Instagram. Without providing any other information, the social media platform’s owner Meta stated that the kickboxing celebrity had been removed from its platforms for breaking its rules about dangerous individuals and organizations.