YouTube joins social media platforms to ban Andrew Tate after sexist comments

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A YouTube channel associated with Andrew Tate, an online influencer and self-proclaimed misogynist, was taken down on Monday, as Google’s video website joins a growing list of social media platforms taking action against the figure last week.

The list of apps that previously banned Tate, a former British-American kickboxing champion who was heavily criticized for his sexist comments, includes Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter for violating policies, including those regarding speech or language. hateful ideology.

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On Monday, after this article was published, Tate or an associate removed his channel from Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch video streaming site.

Tate presents himself as a “success coach for an online program called Hustler’s University. He has publicly stated that female victims of sexual assault “bear some responsibility” and suggested that men date 18-year-old women to “imprint” on them.

He also described himself as “absolutely misogynistic”.

YouTube said on Monday it had terminated channels associated with Tate for “multiple violations” of its Community Guidelines and Terms of Service, including its hate speech policy. “If a channel is closed, the uploader may not use, own or create other YouTube channels,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said.

The company said it first took action against one of Tate’s channels in July because it posted a video that violated YouTube’s Covid-19 medical misinformation policies.

A Tate spokesperson said: “There is a common contradiction in today’s society where men are encouraged to speak up and be open/honest with how they feel, but generally receive a negative response. to their truth.

The spokesperson added: “Banning Andrew Tate from these platforms may seem like the answer, but it’s not that simple. Removing Tate’s voice doesn’t make for a kinder, hate-free society. »

Tate’s inflammatory comments drew a large following of critics and fans. Tate has gone viral on TikTok, where videos tagged #AndrewTate have been viewed 13.8 billion times. On Google, searches for the influencer’s name have soared since April.

On YouTube, the newly banned account had 768,000 subscribers in August. There is at least one other YouTube account associated with Tate that still appears to be online.
Prior to his removal, Tate’s channel on Twitch had only 50,000 subscribers, but he appeared on channels with up to 6.4 million subscribers.

Last week, more than 100,000 concurrent viewers watched Tate live with Twitch personality Adin Ross, who streams video games and crypto games online. If Twitch chooses to ban Tate, he will not be able to appear on other people’s channels.

“Every time I do one of these Twitches, we get three, four, five, six thousand new students. Everything is going great for us,” Tate said on Twitch in July. Bloomberg News was not able to confirm Tate’s claim.

Twitch declined to comment. Adin Ross did not respond to a request for comment.

Hope Not Hate, a Britain-based group that organizes against far-right extremism, launched a petition in August calling for Tate to be banned from major social media. “The effect Tate’s vitriolic brand of misogyny may have on young male audiences is deeply concerning,” the group said in their petition.

“We also know that misogyny can be a gateway to other extreme and discriminatory views.”

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