In what should be yet another chilling warning sign to people with rational, traditional, conservative beliefs, a professor in Canada named Jordan B. Peterson recently had access to all of his online videos, email, and correspondence locked by the gatekeepers at Google/YouTube.
According to the Daily Caller:
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.”
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story is found in that middle sentence: “Google did not provide any details regarding which rule the professor violated.”
This is the Kafkaesque reality that may be coming for people whose politics are not approved by the thought police in this modern information age. According to Peterson, he had not violated any stated rule or condition listed in the Google/YouTube terms.
But Peterson is known for criticizing the left’s social justice crusade, and was an outspoken critic of the Canadian law that makes it a crime to use the wrong gender pronoun when identifying someone.
Given the political leanings of Google/YouTube, it’s not hard to imagine that they would construe any serious disagreement or criticism of the left’s revolutionary agenda as a violation of their usage policy. That could portend a nightmare scenario for conservatives, Christians, and sane people all over the planet who have come to rely on these internet giants for their livelihoods.
If, as Erick Erickson has said, “We will be made to care,” is it that unreasonable to think that some day soon our privilege to access our video and communications resources will be dependent upon such “caring?”
For Peterson the story has at least taken a positive turn. Following the Daily Caller’s report, access to his accounts was reauthorized. Yet even then, despite his repeated requests, he has not yet been told what offense he committed that caused his banishment in the first place.
Every day brings a fresh attack on the free exchange of ideas and open debate by the anti-First Amendment forces of the fascist revolutionaries on the modern far left. And it is always committed in the name of “tolerance,” and a pretend desire to clamp down on “bigotry, phobia, and hate.” That is the language, those are the methods of the fascists.
It is beyond concerning to see them being adopted by monopolizing communication giants like Facebook, Twitter, and now, apparently, Google/YouTube.