Jordan Peterson announces he’s “leaving” Twitter
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Canadian psychologist and best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson has announced that he is “quitting” Twitter after finding an “endless barrage of vicious insults” on the platform.
“I recently stopped accessing Twitter for three weeks on an experimental basis,” Peterson began in a Twitter thread. “Some of my people posted video links etc. It was a real relief. I started reading and writing more. I started using it again a few days ago, and I would say my life went downhill again almost instantly.”
“The endless stream of vicious insults really isn’t something you can experience anywhere else,” the psychologist said. added. “I like to follow people I know but I think the platform’s incentive structure drives it inherently and dangerously insane.”
Thus, the psychologist said he was “leaving” Twitter.
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“So I told my staff to change my password, to protect me from temptation, and I’m off again,” Peterson added. “If I have something to say, I’ll write an article or make a video. If the issue isn’t big enough to warrant it, it might be best to let it go.”
He also teased a forthcoming article on “the technical reasons why Twitter is driving us all crazy very soon”, before signing “Goodbye for now”.
Peterson, who taught psychology at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2021, rose to prominence after posting a series of YouTube videos criticizing Canada’s Bill C-16, which prohibited discrimination based on “the gender identity and expression. Peterson argued that the bill would make the use of certain gender pronouns “forced speech”, and linked the move to political correctness and identity politics.
Peterson’s lectures and conversations have garnered millions of views on YouTube and in 2018 he put his clinical practice and teaching duties on hold, publishing the influential book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. After health issues throughout 2019 and 2020, he released his third book, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life”, resigned from the University of Toronto and returned to podcasting.
Critics condemned Peterson as “pro-patriarchy”, a charge Peterson denied.
Shortly before announcing his departure from Twitter, Peterson responded to a YouTube video titled “Jordan Peterson Weeps Over Climate Activism.”
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“I was talking about the unacceptable demoralization of young people,” Peterson replied. “I’ve seen it all over the world. And this cynical dismissal is all you can muster? How completely pathetic.”
“How do you think endless apocalyptic catastrophizing affects children?” He asked.
Twitter has garnered renewed attention in recent weeks amid Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s impending acquisition of the platform.
Musk mentioned last week that his acquisition of Twitter is pending details of spam and fake accounts on the platform, but he added that he was “still committed” to buying the social media company.