A recent comment made by Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson resulted in him being suspended from Twitter. However, Peterson isn’t backing down.
In a piece he wrote for the Daily Wire, the best-selling author has said he would sooner die than delete the offending tweet.
“I would rather die than do that”
The Daily Wire quoted Peterson’s tweet as saying, “Remember when Pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”
“A few days ago, I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front in response to the decision of an actress (actor) named Ellen (Elliot) Page,” Peterson wrote.
“I have essentially been banned from Twitter as a consequence. I say banned, although technically I have been suspended,” he explained.
“But the suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the ‘hateful’ tweet in question, and I would rather die than do that,” Peterson insisted, adding, “And hopefully it will not come to that, although who the hell knows in these increasingly strange days?”
Peterson’s statement brought the following message from Twitter:
Violating our rules against hateful conduct. You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease. By clicking Delete, you acknowledge that your Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.
If you think we’ve made a mistake, submit an appeal to us. Please note that should you do so, your account will remain locked while we review your appeal.
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