Content warning: This article contains obscenities and hate speech toward women.
Meta confirmed on August 19 that it has banned misogynist Andrew Tate from its platforms, but videos featuring Tate are still spreading across Facebook and Instagram and racking up hundreds of thousands of combined views.
Tate, known for being a misogynist guru for young boys and men, is now permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating Meta’s policies regarding dangerous individuals and organizations. The Daily Beast quoted an “acolyte” who cited him as “the king of toxic masculinity,” noting that in one video, Tate described how he would assault a woman if she accused him of cheating, saying, “It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face, and grip her by the neck. Shut up, bitch.” Tate was also banned from TikTok, but as Media Matters reported, the company has yet to do the bare minimum to remove the many fan accounts that amplify his viral hate speech — many of which Tate himself deputized.
Similar issues plague Meta’s platforms. Media Matters found that despite Meta’s ban, videos of Tate continue to earn hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook. And on both Facebook and Instagram, dozens of easily identifiable fan accounts are still actively sharing Tate’s content to their many followers.
On Facebook, clips of a Tate interview have earned over 1 million views
Several of the most-viewed videos we found come from an interview Tate did with a popular YouTuber called DJ Akademiks. Clips from the interview were originally uploaded to the Facebook page for DJ Akademiks, where they have collectively earned over 1 million views.
In one clip that’s earned 687,000 views, Tate explains that there’s a “zero percent chance” he’d ever be with a woman who already has kids “long term.” He and DJ Akademiks agreed that they’re not “that guy” who would “take care of another man’s production.” They also celebrated other countries where women are more or less forced by circumstance to remain with cheating husbands once they’ve had kids, claiming that the reason “women are more loyal” in Russia, for example, is because “by the time she has that man’s kid, her chance of leaving and dating somebody else is fucking zero,” because “she ain’t got nowhere else to fucking go.”
In another clip that’s earned 205,000 views, Tate explains that he “won’t date a girl who’s older than 25,” because “the younger a girl is, the less bullshit she’s been through with men, and the softer she is as a person.” Anticipating pushback, Tate added, “I don’t even talk to old hoes, so don’t even fucking tell me because I don’t care what you think, because I don’t want you.”
Simple searches on Facebook for “Andrew Tate,” and for his online course “Hustler’s University” — which reportedly “functions similarly to a multi-level marketing scheme, where users primarily make money by convincing others to join their network” – still yield dozens of results for both Facebook pages and Facebook groups. Many of these groups are still home to videos, quotes, merchandise, and other promotional materials for Tate.
On Instagram, fan accounts with tens of thousands of followers spread videos of Tate across the platform
One account claiming to share “insights” from Tate’s Hustler’s University has 35,500 followers and has shared reels in which Tate argues that women are “currency” and that their “value” depends on how many people they’ve slept with.