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Canadian psychologist and best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson has announced that he will “leave” Twitter after discovering “endless vicious insults” on the platform.
“As an experiment, I recently stopped accessing Twitter for three weeks,” Peterson said in a thread on Twitter. “Some of my staff posted video links etc. It was really a relief. I started reading and writing more. I started using it again a few days ago and I would say my life got worse again almost immediately .”
“Endless vicious insults really aren’t experienced anywhere else,” psychologist Add to“I love following people I know, but I think the incentive structure of the platform makes it inherently and dangerously insane.”
So psychologists say he’s “leaving” Twitter.
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“So I told my staff to change my password so I wouldn’t be tempted, and I left again,” Peterson added. “If I had something to say, I’d write an article or make a video. If the issue isn’t important enough to justify it, then it’s better to let it go.”
He also teased a forthcoming article on “the technical reason Twitter is quickly driving us all crazy,” before signing, “See you now.”
Peterson, who taught psychology at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2021, rose to fame after he posted a series of YouTube videos criticizing Canada’s Bill C-16, which prohibits discrimination based on “gender identity and expression.” Peterson argued that the bill would use certain gender pronouns to “force speech,” tying the move to political correctness and identity politics.
Peterson’s lectures and conversations have garnered millions of views on YouTube, and by 2018 he had suspended clinical practice and teaching duties to publish the influential book “12 Rules for Living: The Antidote to Chaos.” . After struggling with his health throughout 2019 and 2020, he resigned from the University of Toronto and returned to podcasting after publishing his third book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.
Critics denounced Peterson as “pro-patriarchal,” a charge Peterson denies.
Shortly before announcing his departure from Twitter, Peterson responded to a YouTube video titled “Jordan Peterson Cries for Climate Activism.”
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“I’m talking about unacceptably low morale among young people,” Peterson responded. “I’ve seen it all over the world. And this cynical dismissal is all you can muster? It’s so sad.”
“How do you think the endless apocalyptic catastrophe will affect children?” he asked.
Twitter has regained traction in recent weeks due to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s imminent acquisition of the platform.
Musk Say His acquisition of Twitter was put on hold last week pending details on spam and fake accounts on the platform, but he added that he “remains committed” to acquiring the social media company.