Press Release

19 August 2022

Refuge responds to Andrew Tate being removed from Facebook and Instagram

Ruth Davison, CEO of Refuge, said:

“Meta has made the right decision in removing Andrew Tate from its platforms. This is the kind of decisive action needed to tackle the online radicalisation of young men towards a violently misogynistic worldview.

“The same kind of action is now needed outside of high-profile cases like this – we know that women are experiencing stalking, harassment and abuse online every day, often without so much as a response from social media companies.

“Our calls for a VAWG code of practice to be included in the Online Safety Bill could not be more urgent or relevant. Social media platforms must step up their response to online hate and take seriously the real threat misogynistic content poses to women and girls. Our safety and security cannot wait.”


Notes to editors

  1. More details on Meta’s response here.

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About Refuge

Refuge supports thousands of women and children on any given day, and runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is the gateway to accessing specialist support across the country. More than one in four women in England and Wales experiences domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, and two women a week are killed by a current or former partner.

Please signpost to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247, available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free, confidential specialist support. Or visit to fill in a webform and request a safe time to be contacted or to access live chat (live chat available 3pm-10pm, Monday to Friday). For support with tech abuse visit