Andrew Tate's Hustler University affiliate program has been shut down
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Andrew Tate's controversial Hustler's University affiliate program has been shut down.
The marketing program is widely regarded as a significant contributor to the success of Tate's viral success, encouraging enrolled members to recruit new ones and share videos of him in exchange for a commission.
While it's currently unclear who's behind the shut down, an investigate report by the Guardian suggested Hustler's University ended the scheme, saying it has 'no future'.
The so-called university is an online educational program with no institutional accreditation where members pay a monthly fee to receive advice on topics such as cryptocurrency, e-commerce and stock trading.
Tate has experienced a meteoric rise on social media in recent months as part of the affiliate program as fans circulated clips of him on apps such as TikTok and Instagram, making him millions of dollars in the process.
The outlet went on to point out that the closure of the scheme marks a major loss of Tate's income, with membership statistics for Hustler's University dropping from 127,000 to 109,000 in the past two weeks.
However, a post in the Hustler's Community forum told subscribers not to be concerned about the shut down while reassuring an 'exciting' update is coming soon, which could be referring to the upcoming launch of Hustler's University 3.0.
Alongside the closure, social media apps have been clamping down on clips in which Tate shares 'hateful' viewpoints.
The former kickboxer and Big Brother contestant has previously promoted the idea that a woman is a man's property when she is in a relationship with them and that women don't work as hard as men do.
In another clip cited by the Guardian, when discussing how he would deal with a woman accusing him of cheating, he said: "It’s bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b***h."
Women's Aid previously said in a statement that the 35-year-old's 'derogatory comments about abusing women' were 'as dangerous as it is unacceptable'.
TikTok has since promised to take action against the spread of his content, with a spokesperson telling UNILAD: "Misogyny and other hateful ideologies and behaviours are not tolerated on TikTok, and we are working to review this content and take action against violations of our guidelines.
"We continually look to strengthen our policies and enforcement strategies, including adding more safeguards to our recommendation system, as part of our work to keep TikTok a safe and inclusive space for our community."
On Instagram, the influencer had 4.7 million followers before the site shut down his account, having grown quickly from one million followers in June.
Twitter had previously removed Tate following a post in which he said sexual assault victims 'should bear some responsibility'.
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