Influencer Andrew Tate was detained by Romanian authorities on Thursday on suspicion of human trafficking. Just a day earlier, he had been ridiculed online after a Twitter feud with climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Here are 5 facts about Andrew Tate:
He has gained a following online, mostly young men, by advocating a hyper-masculine lifestyle.
In 2016, he was a contestant on the British reality show Big Brother when a video of him hitting a woman with a belt went viral.
He is a former professional taekwondo athlete. After retirement, he was mainly active as a businessman and social media influencer.
He has been banned from Twitter in the past for saying women should “take responsibility” for being sexually assaulted. He was reinstated after Elon Musk took over Twitter.
He currently has more than 3.8 million followers on Twitter, where he often encourages his followers to “take the red pill,” a reference to the movie “The Matrix.” “Take the red pill” is a common slogan used by alt-right internet users to encourage others to question the status quo.
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