Conservative author and psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson has been suspended by Twitter for ‘hateful conduct’ after he posted a tweet mentioning transgender actor Elliot Page.
On June 28, Peterson was temporarily booted off the the social media site after he posted a tweet about The Umbrella Academy actor, who previously went by the name of Ellen before announcing his transition in 2020.
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“Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician” Peterson said.
Fans of Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila have accused Twitter of not being a platform for Free Speech and are now wondering about Elon Musk’s stance.
Joe reports: The tweet was in response to a New York Post article in which Page said he is proud to introduce a trans character to the new Netflix show he stars in.
Peterson told the National Post: “I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front.”
The newspaper went on to say that Peterson had said he would “rather die” than delete the tweet.
“There are no rules on Twitter except don’t do what we don’t like today,” he told the Post. “They are always applied post hoc by algorithms and idiots bent on maintaining their woke superiority.”
Peterson’s daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, posted screenshots of the message her father received from Twitter, noting that Twitter is “definitely a free speech platform”. She tagged Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying the social media platform.
Twitter said Peterson’s post violated its policy on hateful conduct, the screenshots showed.
Its policy on hateful conduct prevents users from promoting “violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease”.
Twitter’s rationale for this policy is to limit the abuse targeted at minority groups, including “women, people of colour, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities,” so they may feel comfortable “expressing themselves” on the site.
Peterson may gain full access back to his profile 12 hours after he deletes the tweet, which he told the National Post he will not be doing: “Twitters a rat-hole, in the final analysis, I have probably contributed to that, while trying to use, understand and master that horrible, toxic platform.
“If I can’t be let back on because I won’t apologise, I could care less.”
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