UPDATE, August 1, 2017: At 2:15 p.m. ET, Peterson tweeted that his account access had been reinstated. The deactivation and reactivation of Peterson's account remains as yet unexplained.
TORONTO (ChurchMilitant.com) - University of Toronto Professor Jordan B. Peterson tweeted Tuesday that Google had disabled his main account and that he was unable to access his YouTube channel. He sent a second tweet, saying that Google claimed he had violated their terms of service with no explanation given.
Peterson's YouTube channel is still accessible to the public, with more than 356,000 subscribers and hundreds of videos. The Toronto professor came under fire by transgender activists in 2016 after criticizing a Canadian bill known as C-16, which would have added gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
In November 2016, the National Post published an op-ed from Peterson in which he wrote the following:
I have been studying authoritarianism on the Right and the Left for 35 years. I wrote a book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, on the topic, which explores how ideologies hijack language and belief. As a result of my studies, I have come to believe that Marxism is a murderous ideology. I believe its practitioners in modern universities should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to promote such vicious, untenable and anti-human ideas and for indoctrinating their students with these beliefs. I am therefore not going to mouth Marxist words. That would make me a puppet of the radical Left, and that is not going to happen. Period.
In April, Church Militant reported on Peterson when he was refused a grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, following the negative attention over his stance on free speech. Peterson said before the June passage of C-16, "If they fine me, I won't pay it."
"If they put me in jail, I'll go on a hunger strike," he asserted. "I'm not doing this. And that's that. I'm not using the words that other people require me to use. Especially if they're made up by radical Left-wing ideologues."
Church Militant has reported on numerous instances of censorship by tech and social media giants. These developments, in part, prompted this apostolate to kick off the Preserving Catholics Campaign in July in order to move Church Militant's own work product off of the computing cloud and onto a server.
The video platform Vimeo removed over 800 videos of Pure Passion TV, a ministry that reaches out to homosexuals and transgendered persons and helps them out of the lifestyle. On July 18, Facebook censored an anti-Sharia law page known as the Counter Jihad Coalition. On July 21, Church Militant reported that a homosexual tech giant and gay-rights megadonor told Rolling Stone, "We're going to punish the wicked" — referring to Christians who oppose so-called same-sex marriage.
Breitbart News lost 90 percent of its advertising partners between April and June, according to the Washington Post. More than 2,000 companies have pulled advertising from the conservative website, following an ongoing boycott campaign by liberal websites MoveOn.org, Ultraviolet and the social media group Sleeping Giants. And at the end of May, Breitbart's temporary press passes, which allow its reporters to have access to Capitol Hill, expired. The U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery turned down Breitbart's application for permanent press passes, citing concerns over the site's links to the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative non-profit.