Andrew Tate, the British American internet personality whose comments surrounding women have often been controversial, has returned on Twitter after Elon Musk, the company’s new owner lifted the 5-year ban on him.
Tate, 35, used to be a professional boxer before turning into a social media sensation buoyed by his controversial opinions. Upon returning to Twitter, Tate tweeted: “Mastery is a funny thing. It’s almost as if, on a long enough time scale, losing simply isn’t an option. Such is the way of Wudan,” from his Cobratate handle.
Elon Musk did not make a comment on Andrew Tate’s return.
Meanwhile, the billionaire owner of the ‘digital public square’ confirmed the return of Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and right-wing comedy website The Babylon Bee on the platform. Musk also conducted a poll on whether Donald Trump should return to the platform.
While allowing banned users to return on the platform, Elon Musk said the company’s new motto was “freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.” He clarified that users would not get to say anything they want, despite his previous comments that he had acquired the platform to restore the right to freedom of speech.
“Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from the rest of the internet,” he wrote.
Andrew Tate was removed from
Twitter in 2017 when, criticising the #MeToo movement, he said rape victims “bear
some responsibility” for putting themselves in a position to be assaulted.
Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, was removed from the platform for his allegedly ‘transphobic’ tirade against actor Elliot Page that violated Twitter content guidelines.