Andrew Tate’s twitter account was used to protest his innocence following his arrest on suspicion of human trafficking.
Tate’s account is being followed by over four million people. On Saturday, he tweeted: “God is with us, so the Matrix won’t win.”
It is the result of the arrest of and Tristan, the controversial social media influencer for “self-help”, in Romania on suspicion of human trafficking, sexual assault, and formation of an organised crime group.
Two additional suspects, both Romanian, were also taken into custody.
Romania’s anti-organised criminal agency confirmed Friday that all four of them will be held for 30 Days after a judge extended their initial period of detention to allow them to investigate.
Tate was detained, but his Twitter account remained active. He shared several tweets that referenced “The Matrix”, even though he was being held.
In this 1999 science fiction film, humans face off against agents in a simulation that traps people and uses their energy.
The protagonist is offered a choice between a red pill that will awaken him from The Matrix and a blue pill that will make him blissfully unaware of its existence.
Conspiracy theorists have adopted the film in recent years to encourage their followers to break free from society’s limitations – the “red pill” option.
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Fringe online communities have also adopted the red pill concept, including those who are members of the Involuntary Celibate (Incel) group and believe that men are being “subjugated by feminism.
However, Tate’s reference at The Matrix was mocked by Elon Musk, a Twitter owner who posted a tweet referring to the film.
Musk tweeted a picture of himself with Neo, the film’s protagonist. He also shared a quote.
Tate was a former kickboxer who competed on the UK reality TV show Big Brother. He ended his latest tweet with the phrase “Inshallah”, an Arabic expression that means “if God wills”.
Tate was born to an African-American father, and an English mother in the US. However, Tate spent most of his life in Luton. He said last year that Islam had become his religion.
Tate’s followers are using two hashtags on Twitter to protest his innocence. One is “Tateisinnocent” while the other is “FreeTopG”.
Tate shared videos in the past claiming that he would be detained by authorities to silence him.
One video is shared using the hashtags. A teenage boy protests Tate’s innocence, saying that he had taken an Islamic Oath to stand by the controversial influencer.
Tate boasts on social media about his lavish lifestyle, and has been accused of misogyny in his views on women. He has a strong fan base among teenage boys, which has raised concerns about his influence.
Tate was removed from Facebook and Instagram for violating Meta’s policies regarding “dangerous persons”. Before his official account was deleted, he had 4.7 million Instagram followers.
YouTube banned him days later for violating hate speech guidelines. However, fan channels filled in the gaps and posted videos that reached millions of viewers.
TikTok banned him from creating an account, but content posted under the hashtag Andrew Tate was viewed billions upon billions of times.
The Centre for Countering Digital Hate, November analysis, identified more than 100 TikTok account that promote Tate’s content with a total 250 million video views and 5.7million followers.
He was also banned by Twitter in 2017 due to his hate speech and misogynistic views. However, Musk restored his account at last year’s end.