Controversial Influencer  Andrew Tate banned from Facebook and Instagram

For violating Meta's policies, influencer Andrew Tate has been banned from Facebook and Instagram.

The former kickboxer rose to prominence in 2016 after being booted from the reality show Big Brother due to a video that appeared to show him assaulting a woman.

He went on to become well-known online, with Twitter banning him for saying that women should "bear responsibility" for sexual assault.

At the time his account was deleted, he had 4.7 million Instagram followers.

This figure had risen quickly from around one million followers in June.

Meta stated that the kickboxing star had been removed from its platforms for violating its policies on dangerous organisations and individuals, but provided no further details.

Mr Tate claimed the video had been edited at the time of his removal from Big Brother, calling it "a total lie trying to make me look bad."

Tech Markup also contacted Google, where Tate has a YouTube channel with over 750,000 subscribers, to see if it planned to take any action, but did not receive an immediate response.