Andrew Tate with sunglasses and black leather jacket while holding a cigar
Andrew Tate is a British-American kickboxer, commentator, and businessman who goes by the name Emory Andrew Tate III.
Tate took part in kickboxing events from 2007 to 2020.
In 2018, he started posting videos on his YouTube channel "TateSpeech," where he often shared controversial, conservative, and "red-pill" views, such as bad advice about women and dating, as well as tips on how to make money and do well in life.
Tate has been in a few controversies, like when a video of him whipping a woman came out and got him kicked off Big Brother.
He has also been accused of human trafficking because he and his brother Tristan run a webcam ring.
Tate was kicked out on all Meta platforms like Instagram and Facebook around the middle of 2022 because he was bad for young men and children.
Tate put up his first video on the TateSpeech YouTube channel on March 5, 2018.
It was called "Tate on Gun Control | Episode #1." (since removed).
He and his brother talk about gun control in the video.
Andrew is against making more laws about guns.
On March 6, he posted a video called "Tate on Women | Episode 2."
In the video, he drives around in his car while criticizing feminism and saying that women need men to survive but men do not need women to survive.
He says this at the 2:00 mark: men are better than women, that's my point. I'm not sexist, I'm realistic and reality is sexist" (since removed).
In four years, more than 119,000 people watched the video.
Some of the most watched videos on the channel include a short clip from his interview on the Your Mom's House podcast where he talks about "what men really want," which got over 2.5 million views in five months.
Also, another video where a psychologist talks with Tate got over 1.2 million views in a year (since removed).
Andrew Tate was banned from Meta's Instagram, Facebook, and all other platforms on August 19, 2022, because he broke community rules and was a part of a "dangerous organization or person."
Between 2016 and 2022, Twitter had already banned a number of Tate accounts and accidentally verified one in 2022 before taking it down.
Then, on Monday, August 22, 2022, Tate was kicked out of the app.
YouTube did the same thing and will ban Tate for good on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
Tate's own content had been taken down, but videos and posts of him talking and sharing his thoughts were still very easy to find on many platforms.
A Media Matters report about Tate videos on TikTok made this point clearer by showing how easy it is to find highly followed users who repost Tate content.
A screenshot from the Media Matters report showed how many Tate fan accounts were still on TikTok after Tate was kicked out of the platform.
Before he was banned, Tate's reach and the audience had grown a lot.
At the time it was taken down, he had 4.7 million followers on Instagram.
In the month before it was taken down, he got 2 million new followers.
Google searches for Tate also went through the roof in the months before he was fired.
This shows that he quickly got a foothold online after years of being only slightly connected to right-wing online influencers like Jack Posobiec and Alex Jones.
Civil society leaders and teachers from all over the world were worried about Tate's influence on young men and how far he was able to reach.
One Instagram post from @the.unteachables on August 12, 2022, which got more than 5,000 likes, gave teachers tips on how to deal with Tate followers in their classrooms.
Many people shared tweets about Tate's removal from social media, like this one from English rapper and YouTuber KSI from August 21, 2022, which got over 310,000 likes in less than a day.
Insider was told that TikTok is also using special software to delete Tate-related content and other people's reposts of his videos, as well as to keep him-related content from showing up on For You pages.
Some posters on Twitter, who posted their opinion on August 23, 2022, and got just over 850 likes in an hour, were upset by what the Tate incident showed about the power of social media platforms.
And also the tools they have to control public conversations and get rid of users like Tate.
They were afraid that these tools might be used against them in the future.