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YouTube Censors Jordan Peterson and Daughter Via Lack of Search Autofill

P.J. Gladnick

February 6th, 2024

UPDATE: It appears that YouTube has corrected the search suggestion ban. YouTube did not return a request for comment about the issue.

Go to YouTube search and type in "Xi." The autofill will most likely, and conveniently, reveal "Xi Jinping" for your easy-to-find search term. However, if you type in "Jordan," the YouTube autofill will likely reveal the last names of Poole, Klepper, Love, Belfort, Lacey, and Davis. Does a certain last name appear to be missing from the list? Perhaps the best-known psychologist in the world? By now, most of you have probably guessed the identity that YouTube autofill dares not speak his name: Jordan Peterson.

Welcome to yet another pathetic YouTube censorship attempt in a year that contained an election that the social media giants were once again trying to "fortify" by stifling traffic to those who didn't abide by the approved GroupThink.

Peterson's daughter, Mikhaila, discovered the method by which YouTube "tanked" traffic to both their channels.

 

Her father was also less than happy with this situation to the extent that he labeled the censors at YouTube pulling this autofill stunt as "saboteurs."

 

Newsweek noted on Tuesday that this wasn't the first time social media had attempted to censor Jordan Peterson:

This isn't the first time Peterson has had issues on social media platforms after sharing his views. In 2022, he was suspended from X over a 2022 post about transgender actor Elliot Page, where he deadnamed The Umbrella Academy star and said he would "rather die" than remove the post, in a 15-minute Instagram video.

In October last year, he remarked that a "coordinated attack" led to his Instagram account being suspended, and although he didn't specify what the alleged attack consisted of, users appeared to believe it was related to his comments about the Israel-Palestinian war.

The big question was: Would YouTube restore the autofill functionality for Jordan (and Mikhaila) Peterson or would they wait until after this year's election was over and there was no longer any need to "fortify" it?