Self-proclaimed misogynist Andrew Tate said he was paid more than $20,000 in ad revenue under Elon Musk’s content-creator plan on Twitter — a day before he sued his accuser in a sex trafficking case that landed him in a Romanian jail.
Tate — who has been under house arrest since March 31 and is still facing rape and human trafficking charges in Romania — shared a screenshot of his earnings on Thursday.
The notice from Twitter congratulated the controversial influencer — who goes by @Cobratate on Twitter and boasts more than 7.2 million followers — on the $20,379 deposit.
“Every penny goes to tatepledge.com,” Tate captioned the post, the 36-year-old’s philanthropic organization.
The cash is being paid out through his Stripe account, which Twitter requires creators have with its new ad revenue-sharing plan.
Tate’s only been back on Twitter since November, when Musk reinstated his account after a $44 billion blockbuster purchase of the social media site in October 2022.
He had been barred from the platform in 2017 after violating its terms of service over a string of “toxic” comments about women.
Musk announced the new payment scheme for content creators in June. “In a few weeks, X/Twitter will start paying creators for ads served in their replies. First block payment totals $5M,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted at the time.
However, not just anyone can cash in on these ads.
“The creator must be verified and only ads served to verified users count,” Musk noted.
According to Twitter’s “Monetization Standards,” users must also be at least 18 years old, be active on the platform for at least three months, have filled out all profile information and have connected a verified account on Stripe, a payment processing platform.
Other eligibility requirements say: “You must be in good standing with Twitter,” meaning that “you have not repeatedly violated the Twitter User Agreement.”
It’s unclear how much these requirements are enforced as Tate is making tens of thousands of dollars off of the platform, which only recently lifted a years-long ban he triggered by violating policies.
Weeks after Musk’s announcement about the new revenue model for creators, it appears that high-profile, staunch-right accountholders are the first to benefit from it.
However, it’s not completely clear how beneficiaries are determined, in what order they’re paid or when they’ll receive their funds.
Aside from Tate, a verified account dubbed “End Wokeness” also shared on Thursday that it was receiving $10,419.
It’s unclear who’s behind the account, which has over 1.4 million followers and boasts that it’s “fighting, exposing and mocking wokeness” in its profile description.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) shared a screenshot similar to Tate’s saying that he would be receiving $16,259.
He tweeted the picture alongside a one-word caption: “Incredible.”
And Benny Johnson, a Republican YouTuber and member of Turning Point USA, tweeted that he was being cut a $9,546 check in Twitter’s first round of ad revenue payments.
“BREAKING: Twitter Monetization For Creators Is REAL,” he wrote in the post.
In addition, Rogan O’Handley — a former Hollywood entertainment lawyer-turned-right-wing pundit — shared that he was getting $7,036.
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