Canada: Court Upholds Jordan Peterson's Social Media Training Order
On Wednesday, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson was denied judicial review of a decision by the College of Psychologists of Ontario, which ordered him to undergo social media training in the wake of complaints over his online postings.
OnWednesday, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson was denied judicial review of a decision by the College of Psychologists of Ontario, which ordered him to undergo social media training in the wake of complaints over his online postings.1
The three-panel Divisional Court ruling said the order has "minimal impact" on Peterson's freedom of expression and was "reasonable," as the college had previously asked Peterson to adopt a more "respectful tone" online.2
Since 2018, the college has received allegations that Peterson's online presence posed "moderate risks of harm to the public." Peterson's statements on Canadian politicians, gender transition, climate change, and a former patient were cited as offending remarks.3
Peterson, who has not seen patients since 2017, is known for his critiques of modern society. He has argued his online statements weren't made in his capacity as a registered psychologist and that the training order infringes on his freedom of speech.4
The panel ruled that Peterson "cannot have it both ways" as a figure who often refers to his credentials "without taking responsibility" for any potential harm from his statements.4
Peterson's lawyers said he plans to appeal the decision, and Peterson vowed to publicize the training process.2
Right narrative, as provided by Toronto Sun. This ruling wasn’t based on the law; it was political. If this decision stands, members of professional associations will be forced to give up their freedom of expression unless they agree with establishment points of view. Peterson should continue to fight this egregious overreach of authority.
Left narrative, as provided by Egale. Peterson is dragging psychology through the mud under the guise of protecting free speech. He has violated the psychologists’ standards of conduct while using his professional standing to lend an air of legitimacy to his attacks on members of marginalized groups. He should be held accountable.