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News Analysis Jun 30, 2022 7:34 PM EST

Jordan Peterson says he would 'rather die' than delete tweet that got him suspended

"If I can’t be let back on because I won’t apologize, I could care less."

Jordan Peterson says he would 'rather die' than delete tweet that got him suspended
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Professor and psychologist Jordan Peterson was suspended from Twitter on Tuesday after posting about actor Elliot Page, who was born Ellen Page, who underwent an elective double mastectomy to relieve gender dysphoria.

On Thursday, Peterson told the National Post that his suspension, which would be lifted after he choses to delete the tweet, may as well be a ban.

"I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front," Peterson told the National Post.

Peterson said that he would "rather die" than submit to Twitter's will.

In the suspension notice to Peterson, Twitter "determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically, for ... Violating our rules against hateful conduct."

The notice told Peterson that he "may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease."

Peterson responded: "There are no rules on Twitter except don’t do what we don’t like today. They are always applied post hoc by algorithms and idiots bent on maintaining their woke superiority."

With that, Peterson said that he will not delete the tweet. Peterson can still use Twitter in an incredibly limited capacity. He can still browse the site and send direct messages, but he cannot tweet, retweet, follow, or like posts.

"Twitters a rat-hole, in the final analysis, I have probably contributed to that, while trying to use, understand and master that horrible, toxic platform,” he said. "If I can’t be let back on because I won’t apologize, I could care less."

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