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Meta bans influencer from Facebook and Instagram

Meta has banned influencer Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram for violating its policies.

The former kickboxer rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to depict him attacking a woman.

He went on to gain notoriety online, with Twitter banning him for saying women should “bear responsibility” for being sexually assaulted.

He had 4.7 million Instagram followers at the time his account was removed.

That number had grown rapidly from around one million followers in June.

Meta said it had removed the kickboxing star from its platforms for violating its policies on dangerous organisations and individuals but did not provide further details.

At the time of his removal from Big Brother, Mr Tate said the video had been edited, calling it “a total lie trying to make me look bad”.

He has not yet commented on the Meta ban.

‘A genuine threat to young men’

He has drawn criticism online for his comments, particularly from UK advocacy group Hope Not Hate, which welcomed the most recent ban.

Joe Mulhall, director of research at the group, said Mr Tate “poses a genuine threat to young men, radicalising them towards extremism misogyny, racism and homophobia”.

He added: “We’ve provided significant evidence to the major social media platforms, including Meta, about his activity and why he must be removed.

“We welcome Meta’s swift action to remove Andrew Tate and we’ll be putting pressure on TikTok to follow this example. They must act now to prevent further spread of these extremist views.” (BBC)

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