TikTok and Insta Users Demand De-Platforming for Dangerous Influencer

Andrew Tate is accused of advocating misogyny, homophobia, and violence to an audience of young boys across social media
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Social media users are urging companies to de-platform an emerging figure who critics say propagates misogyny, homophobia and violence to young boys. 

Andrew Tate is an influencer and former kickboxer whose content is gaining traction on Instagram, where he has 4.3 million followers, and TikTok, where there are 11.6 billion views under his hashtag. To challenge Tate’s perspective, popular Twitter and Instagram user, Matt Bernstein, kickstarted the movement against Tate with a viral Instagram post. 

 

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Along with thousands of comments, reposts, and even more likes, Bernstein also received backlash from Tate fans. He followed up on his post with an onslaught of homophobic and threatening messages from the influencer’s followers.  

 

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Tate’s army of loyal supporters come from his persona as a self-help guru, pushing young men to achieve success financially, and with women. He entices them by presenting a lavish lifestyle that includes fancy cars, multiple firearms, and easy access to sex. However, Bernstein argued that his clips go far beyond that, and that his misogynistic views perpetuate rape culture and the acceptance of domestic abuse. 

In his post, Bernstein exposed some of Tate’s most insidious viral clips. First, he shared a video in which Tate said that a girl of 18 or 19 is more attractive than an older woman because she would have “been through less dick,” so he can “make an imprint.” In another viral TikTok, a user called Tate out for wanting to manipulate young women

Tate also went viral for saying he views his sister as her husband’s property and joked he wouldn’t give CPR to another man to save his life. He then claimed that women “bear some responsibility” for sexual assault and openly described that he slaps, chokes, and demeans women. Responding to a video where Tate discusses his ability to easily overpower women, one user called him “a garbage human being all around who should be in prison.”

Though many are outraged by his commentary, some are pointing out that his treatment of women could be more than just talk. In April, his mansion in Romania was raided when the U.S. embassy tipped authorities off that a 21-year-old American woman was being held against her will, according to the Guardian. Though Tate was not charged in the incident, there is an ongoing investigation into trafficking and rape allegations. 

Through it all, Tate’s controversial clips continue to flood social media. This is all thanks to Tate’s “Hustler’s University,” which he describes as, “A community where me and dozens of War Room soldiers will teach YOU exactly how to make money.” His critics say that, in reality, Hustler’s University is a network of thousands of impressionable, young men who are taught to make money by disseminating clips of Tate. This tightens his grasp on the TikTok algorithm in his concentrated effort to maximize engagement on his content. 

For TikTok in particular, where Tate draws the majority of his views, Bernstein is calling into question why community guidelines have not effectively banned Tate’s content. He argued that Tate’s operation is based on misogyny and copycat accounts, which are against TikTok rules. 

Bernstein contends that TikTok hasn’t applied community guidelines to Tate’s content because the company profits from it. Still, he likens Tate’s online misogyny to the emergence of revenge porn and incel forums that have been connected to mass shootings, warning that Tate’s social media chatter can have real-world consequences. Bernstein implored his followers to “hold social media platforms accountable for giving the loudest microphones to the most dangerous people.” 

Following the lead of Bernstein’s popular post, many across social media platforms are encouraging people to block and report clips of Tate. 

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