- TikTok removed multiple Andrew Tate fan accounts after Insider asked for comment on them.
- The decision follows TikTok’s ban of the 35-year-old influencer’s official account on Friday.
- A “Final Message” video from Tate was posted to Vimeo on Tuesday.
TikTok this week took down multiple popular fanpages for Andrew Tate, the kickboxer-turned-influencer known for, after Insider requested comment from the platform on whether they violated hateful content policies. The decision follows TikTok’s ban of Tate’s official account on Friday and the platform saying it was trying to identify duplicate content that breaks the app’s community guidelines on misogyny.
The three fanpages TikTok banned were “tates.kingdom,” “atate_clips_,” and “tateprof,” which had over 75,000, 86,000 and 106,000 followers, respectively, and millions of views in total.
TikTok also took down two individual videos of Tate, uploaded by fans, that Insider raised with the platform. In one clip, Tate said female “self-defense is bullshit” and said women weren’t designed to fight, and can only scream and run. In the other, Tate said he would only let a man drive his car and not a woman.
Since Tate’s ban on Friday, TikTok has taken down a number of fanpages. But there is stillwith tens of thousands of followers promoting his clips, which feature the 35-year-old influencer giving self-help and wealth tips and often veer into violent misogyny.
Tate has grown a rabid fanbase of copycat accounts sharing his clips — likely in part because of Hustlers University, an online training program he created that costs $49.99 a month to join. Critics have accused thethat uses multi-level marketing-like tactics to encourage fans to share his content so they can earn money through affiliate links.
One popular fan page that’s still online as of Wednesday afternoon, “tateeminent,” has over 35,000 followers and 1.5 million likes. The account’s bio promises viewers they can “START EARNING TODAY” if they click on a link, which takes them to a webpage where they can enroll in Tate’s academy.
There are numerous other fanpages still on TikTok, including “cobratheemperor,” which has over 135,000 followers and similarly urges viewers to enlist in Hustlers University. Other accounts include “cobratatedomination,” which has over 18,000 followers and poses as a source for “Non-Biased News about our society,” even though it only shares Tate-related clips. TikTok has not responded to Insider’s request for comment on these other fan pages.
Tate has been posting various content on the internet for years but became ubiquitous in the last few months on TikTok. He’s become notorious for a brand of hypermasculinity and specific viral clips in which, for example, he says he needs authority over women, and suggests that a woman’s genitals belong to her boyfriend. Tate has a long history of courting controversy and making insensitive remarks, including in 2017 when he tweeted that depression isn’t real.
Meta on Friday also banned Tate from Facebook and Instagram, where he had amassed a following of over 4 million users.
An hour-longfrom Tate appeared on Vimeo on Tuesday addressing the social media bans. In the video, he said that false narratives were being spread about him and that he was “massively a victim of my own success,” even though he said he was “not mad” about Meta’s decision to ban him. Tate also called himself a speaker for men and said “there’s no other male role models that have had the tenacity or the aggressiveness to have such a fantastic life as I’ve had.”