On Tuesday, Professor Jordan Peterson announced via Twitter that he had been banned from posting new YouTube videos.
Peterson has become a major public figure not due to his fascinating work on Biblical thought and the nature of psychology, but because he refuses to cave to the politically correct but biologically erroneous perspective that women can become men and vice versa. Peterson became controversial because he opposed Bill C-16, a Canadian “human rights” bill that would prevent people from discriminating against “gender identity” and “gender expression” – in other words, the government could fine or prosecute you for properly identifying a biological male as such. Peterson stated:
I will never use words I hate, like the trendy and artificially constructed words "zhe" and "zher." These words are at the vanguard of a post-modern, radical leftist ideology that I detest, and which is, in my professional opinion, frighteningly similar to the Marxist doctrines that killed at least 100 million people in the 20th century.
Peterson has felt the backlash in the academic community; in 2017, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council refused him a grant, though he had received such grants in the past.
What prompted YouTube’s and Google’s move against Peterson? Political bias is the most obvious answer if no further evidence is presented. In the past, YouTube has “restricted” videos from Prager University; they’ve also placed Steven Crowder’s video in restricted mode.
This sort of thing leads to the continued polarization of politics in the country. While YouTube is a private company and can censor what it pleases, they pledge to open themselves to a variety of viewpoints. Cracking down on conservative viewpoints undercuts that mission, and could lead to an exodus from the platform if such censorship is maintained or grows. That would lead to the creation of another political site for videos, which would simply exacerbate the bubble mentality that now exists on both sides.
Free Jordan Peterson, YouTube.
UPDATE: Peterson's account has been unlocked.