Misogynistic internet personality Andrew Tate has been in police custody in Romania since December 29, but his Twitter account continues to post conspiratorial content from the former kickboxer among his 4.5 million followers.
Several tweets referenced the arrest of the controversial influencer along with his brother on charges of human trafficking, rape and organized crime, with cryptic references to the so-called “Matrix” allegedly working against him.
Other tweets follow a pattern established after Mr. Tate’s once-banned account resurfaced last year, with a mix of religious quotes, questions about his fans’ masculinity, warnings about alleged powers and promotions of his other content.
The account continued to be active even as Mr Tate and his brother sat in court on appeal on Tuesday, sharing posts with messages of support for the couple.
The Twitter page received attention on Sunday after re-sharing a Romanian media report that said Andrew and Tristan were hospitalized after a medical examination, accompanied by the message: “The Matrix attacked me. But they misunderstand, you can’t kill an idea.
Most tweets from Mr. Tate’s account are posted in the first person, with one notable exception being a poll asking, “Do you believe Andrew Tate is completely innocent?”
The survey, which Buzzfeed News said was sent to subscribers to its newsletter, included the “Innocent, Matrix Attack” and “I believe the media” options, which received 86.3% and 86.3% respectively. and 13.7 percent with 970,418 votes.
More than 80 tweets and retweets have been posted to Tate’s account since his arrest. Many of them claim that the “Matrix” controls events, in particular the arrest of Mr. Tate.
The purported belief that humans live in a simulated world depicted in the 1999 science fiction film Mother in recent years it has gained popularity among conspiracy theorists such as Mr. Tate.
Online proponents of this theory refer to taking the “Red Pill”, another film reference, to suggest that they have gone through the simulation.
Mr. Tate also presents followers with an image of himself as a hyper-masculine prophet figure. Every day, Mr. Tate’s supporters will see messages informing them that they are not trying hard enough, often contrary to his supposed superior status.
A typical tweet, posted more than a week after his arrest, reads: “Mental toughness is being exercised. It is practiced. Like all other virtues. You need to fortify your mind against negative thoughts. I don’t even remember what it’s like to doubt yourself.”
Mr. Tate’s other tweets contain quotes from the Koran, a sacred text that Mr. Tate, a convert to Islam, took with him to court on Tuesday. Muslim voices in the media question Mr. Tate’s approach to his faith, given his self-proclaimed misogyny.
The popularity of Mr. Tate has caused concern to the authorities in the UK, where Times informed that specialists are brought to schools to “radicalize” young boys delighted with the influencer’s views.
Hope not Hate, an advocacy group, said it had been monitoring Mr Tate for years “because of his close ties to the far right”. In a report he compiled last year, he described the influencer as “an extreme misogynist” with conspiratorial views.
“Our main concern is that his extreme and sometimes violent misogyny is reaching young men and that it could serve as a gateway to broader far-right politics,” said Hope not Hate.
His extreme comments – he infamously said that rape victims must “be held accountable” for being attacked – led to three of his Twitter accounts being banned.
Last August, he was banned from Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube for making derogatory comments about women.
But Mr. Tate returned to Twitter under the ownership of Elon Musk and retained a large following, with many ready to defend him from arrest, despite the seriousness of the crimes he is accused of.
His arrest was related to allegations of six victims of “acts of physical violence and psychological coercion” and sexual abuse, Romanian authorities said.
Diicot, the Romanian organized crime investigation bureau, said that the organized crime group Tate and his brother are suspected of being involved in luring women under the guise of love and then intimidating them into committing pornographic acts for significant financial gain.
Mr. Tate continues to reach his millions of followers from behind bars.