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soulchaser
08-01-2017, 11:01 PM
Google And YouTube Ban Prof Who Refused To Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns

ROB SHIMSHOCK
Education Reporter
2:03 PM 08/01/2017



A professor in Canada who refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns and criticizes social justice issues was banned from using his Google and YouTube accounts Tuesday, regaining access hours later with no detailed explanation provided.

Professor Jordan B. Peterson of the University of Toronto disputed Google and YouTube’s decision to lock him out of his accounts, according to correspondence obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Please tell me what principle I have violated,” said Peterson in his email to Google upon discovering that he was locked out of his account. “I have not violated any terms that I am aware of and have not misused my account.”

The psychology professor has over 350,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, which he uses as a platform to post his lectures, interviews, and Q&As.

“We understand you’ve recently been unable to access your Google account, and we appreciate you contacting us,” said Google in a response. “After review, your account is not eligible to be reinstated due to a violation of our Terms of Service.”

But Google did not provide any details regarding which rule the professor violated.

When emailed at his Google address, Google returns an “Address not found” error message.

“I’ve had that account for the last, say, 15 years,” said Peterson to TheDCNF. “All of my correspondence is in that account. It’s hundreds of thousands of emails from people all over the world.”

The professor said he initially thought it was just a mistake.

“But the fact that they reviewed it and then decided that my account is not eligible to be reinstated indicates to me either that this is quite a curious mistake or that there’s something that’s political going on that is associated with censorship.”

Peterson reiterated that he had not violated the terms of service, stating that he had only recently posted a video detailing his plans for the future. The professor said that he could not

“This is just another example of these big companies that either [kowtow] to pressure…or deciding on their own accord who gets to communicate and who doesn’t,” he told TheDCNF.

Peterson’s YouTube videos criticizing social justice regularly obtain tens or hundreds of thousands of views. The professor came under scrutiny in 2016 after criticizing a bill which could potentially criminalize using the wrong gender pronoun to identify someone. That bill is now law.

(UPDATE: Peterson reported that he regained access to his Google and YouTube accounts shortly after the publication of this piece, but the company still has not provided the professor with specific reasoning for his ban.)

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/01/google-and-youtube-ban-prof-who-refused-to-use-gender-neutral-pronouns/?utm_source=site-share

ilikemoose
08-01-2017, 11:07 PM
Patreon cancelled Lauren Southerns account as well.

Rory McCanuck
08-02-2017, 01:02 AM
Gotta show the rabble-rousers that Big Brother is watching, and doesn't approve.

ilikemoose
08-02-2017, 01:14 AM
Should also mention that Sam Harris is ditching Patreon because he refuses to allow anyone to have any kind of veto over his content.

That's an astonishingly impressive move on Sams part.

Like him or hate him, he walks the walk on free speech.

RangeBob
08-02-2017, 02:26 AM
Sam Harris [never heard of him, although I wonder if he might be that "Wake Up" guy]

https://www.samharris.org/books/list
https://www.youtube.com/user/samharrisorg

Doug_M
08-02-2017, 05:05 AM
Peterson is a hero of our times and will be evermore powerful a voice against the tide of SJW bs moving forward. He will be in history books (not just Canadian either). I truly believe this.

tdod101
08-02-2017, 05:27 AM
I've seen worse things on YouTube than this.. Like beheadings.

awndray
08-02-2017, 05:44 AM
Sam Harris [never heard of him, although I wonder if he might be that "Wake Up" guy]

https://www.samharris.org/books/list
https://www.youtube.com/user/samharrisorg
Yes.

TJSpeller
08-02-2017, 06:48 AM
His channel is still up and running on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos

Regardless, it's clear that there is a need for an alternative media place for voices that don't fit the politically acceptable narrative. There are enough people who have those views that I think it would be commercially viable.

Maybe we can call it danktube.

Doug_M
08-02-2017, 07:10 AM
Regardless, it's clear that there is a need for an alternative media place for voices that don't fit the politically acceptable narrative. There are enough people who have those views that I think it would be commercially viable.

While I agree a place that doesn't censor based on politics etc is needed, YouTube itself is not commercially viable and has been operating in the red.

awndray
08-02-2017, 07:46 AM
I like Vimeo, but for a more YouTube-like experience, Daily Motion might fit the bill. It's very big in Europe.

Mark-II
08-02-2017, 08:18 AM
I wonder...

We're moving over to Gsuite for our communications.

Do we have control over our content, or is Google going to enforce their politics on us

I've not read any of the terms of service - I turn the wrenches, not sign contracts

soulchaser
08-02-2017, 08:42 AM
His channel is still up and running on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos

Regardless, it's clear that there is a need for an alternative media place for voices that don't fit the politically acceptable narrative. There are enough people who have those views that I think it would be commercially viable.

Maybe we can call it danktube.

Correction:

It's BACK up and running.

The update at the bottom of the story say Google and YouTube mysteriously restored his access after the story hit the news.

And they still haven't explained WHY the shut them down

LB303
08-02-2017, 08:48 AM
Nevermind what Google or any other content provider thinks. If there is enough call for it, people like Peterson and Molynieux can cooperatively start their own site... The real choke point is your ISP. If Rogers and Bell (our two biggest and both left-leaning) decide to climb aboard the censorship bandwagon, or are pressured into it by the CRTC or some other state actor, what recourse will libertarian thinkers have? It might revert to a Cold War style 'battle of shortwaves'.