Jordan Peterson published an epic video responding to Twitter’s decision to ban his account.
In case you missed it, Twitter banned Peterson’s account in June after he remarked on actress Ellen Page’s “transition” to Elliot Page. Peterson’s remarks came after Page had a double mastectomy and publicly announced that she is now a male.
“Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician,” Peterson tweeted.
Twitter responded by suspending Peterson’s account and by telling him that he cannot return to Twitter without deleting the tweet. Peterson has refused to do so, and so he has remained off of the platform.
“A message to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal”
Recently, Peterson posted to his YouTube channel a nearly 30-minute video directed to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal.
To say the least, Peterson, in the video, goes on the offensive. At one point, Peterson even says to Agrawal, “in many ways, “I’m your monster, sir.”
You haven’t seen fit to lift the ban despite the fact that there is truly no shortage of genuinely bad actors on your very poorly run platform and despite the fact that you simply do not have the moral standing or the authority, in the most fundamental moral rather than narrowly legalistic sense, to interfere in the operation of the polity that encompasses your operation and that you are bound in allegiance to.
“The power of your platform is immense, and I think the actions of your company are making things in the world much worse than they need to be,” Peterson adds.
Throughout the video, Peterson touches on a wide range of topics from his ban, to the ban of former President Donald Trump, to the way Twitter is run, to the ongoing legal dispute between Twitter and Elon Musk, and more.
Peterson, then, ends the video with a cutthroat summation.
I would also in closing like to reiterate my irritation that ONE: I was banned from your platform without anything other than a generic and self-serving, low-resolution explanation. TWO: that my appeal of that ban was ignored even though my refutation of the aforesaid behavior was noted and acted upon within hours, if not minutes. THREE: that your company’s reasons for banning and manipulating or regulating the behavior of your users are utterly opaque, ineffectual and self-contradictory.
FOUR: that your own security personnel and potential investors or even purchasers of your company are being properly scared off by the chaos that reigns under your authority. FIVE: that you continue censoring a former president of the United States, even as a critical election approaches. And, finally, SIX: your careless, censorious behavior and enabling of the anonymous Machiavellian and narcissistic psychopaths who inhabit the Twitter underworld is warping and dementing the entire domain of public discourse.