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01st Jul 2022

Jordan Peterson suspended from Twitter over Elliot Page comment – says he won’t apologise

Steve Hopkins

Peterson has said he would ‘rather die’ than remove the post

Jordan Peterson has been temporarily suspended from using Twitter after breaching the platform’s hateful conduct policy with a post that used Elliot Page‘s former name.

The divisive author lost access to most of Twitter’s features on June 28 after sending a tweet that used the Umbrella Academy’s star’s former name and made reference to the actor undergoing top surgery.

Update: Elon Musk slams Jordan Peterson Twitter suspension over Elliot Page post as ‘going way too far’

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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