A Canadian psychology professor who refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns was banned from his YouTube and Google accounts and he believes it's because he criticizes the social justice movement. His accounts were restored without explanation after his story was published at a conservative news outlet.
Professor Jordan B. Peterson of the University of Toronto told the Daily Caller that he believed he was targeted over his political views.
“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,” Peterson said.
Peterson has over 350,000 followers on his YouTube channel, which has garnered over 18 million views.
He emailed Google after being locked out of his account, saying, “Please tell me what principle I have violated. I have not violated any terms that I am aware of and have not misused my account.”
“We understand you’ve recently been unable to access your Google account, and we appreciate you contacting us,” responded Google. “After review, your account is not eligible to be reinstated due to a violation of our Terms of Service.”
Peterson said that he had the Google account for 15 years and had hundreds of thousands of emails saved on it.
“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," he explained, "or that there’s something that’s political going on that is associated with censorship.”
The accounts were restored shortly after the Daily Caller published their article about Peterson's ban.
Canada does grant the expansive free speech rights to its citizens that the United States does, and law enforcement authorities can punish Canadians for using "hate speech."