While Big Tech continues using the powers of monopoly to censor conservative viewpoints without regulation, renowned clinical psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson is developing a new “anti-censorship” social media site.
A beta version of the platform, which Peterson is marketing as a free speech alternative to Facebook, YouTube, and Patreon, went live on Tuesday.
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Peterson’s new platform, Thinkspot will not prohibit free speech by arbitrarily enforcing vague terms of service.
Thinkspot, which is billed as “an intellectual playground for censorship-free discourse,” will only remove offensive content if the platform is specifically required to by a U.S. court.
“Once you’re on our platform, we won’t take you down, unless we’re ordered to by a US court of law. That’s basically the idea. So we’re trying to make an anti-censorship platform,” Peterson told podcasting star Joe Rogan on a June 9 broadcast.
Users will also be able to use their Thinkspot accounts as an alternative to Patreon, an online membership service that at one point allowed Peterson to earn $80,000 per month in donations from his 2 million patrons.
“It will be a subscription service,” Peterson told Rogan. “And so that’s partly what makes it a replacement for Patreon to some degree, because we want to be able to monetize creators.”
Thinkspot’s creators are still developing a mechanism to encourage the highest-quality content. Thus far, comments on the site will be voted on by users on a thumbs up or down basis.
“If your ratio of down votes to up votes, falls below 50/50, then your comments will be hidden,” Peterson said.
However, users will also be able to rate content by choosing intellectually-oriented reactions such as “disagree,” “provocative, “insightful,” “agree,” “like,” and “recommend,” reports the conservative Media Research Center’s Techwatch, which was selected by Peterson to test the beta version of Thinkspot.
Users will be able to “Annotate and share video, podcast, and eBook content, interact with the community in public and private forums; access exclusive content and special live stream events; share and exchange ideas with some of the world’s leading thinkers,” MRC explained in its review of the new site.
According to MRC, Thinkspots’ mission statement assures the platform will “promote meaningful and respectful discourse that foster an open exchange of ideas, inciting users to challenge perspectives and discover interesting and informed viewpoints.”
“We value freedom of thought and expression across a wide range of topics, and encourage you to engage regularly with the community and support our growing roster of contributors,” the mission statement notes.
However, Peterson, who describes himself as a “professor against political correctness,” makes it clear in his terms of service that all debate is welcome as long as there is no illegal activity.
“We may remove any content or comments from contributors or users at any time if we deem the content is in violation of law or otherwise violates these terms,” the terms of service states, according to Newsbusters. “We will not modify any content or comments. We take freedom of expression seriously. We will therefore not remove content or comments without serious consideration.”
Despite earning nearly a $1 million a year on Patreon, Peterson left the crowdfunding platform in January in protest of the company’s censorship of conservative viewpoints, arguing it would be “unethical” to continue working with the platform.
Patreon, like Facebook and Instagram, has banned right-wingers like Jihad Watch and conservative commentator Lauren Southern from its platform for dubious reasons. Yet, the site continues to allow far-left violent extremist accounts to remain active.
Peterson is one of the popular conservative personalities listed as a “Nazi” by Google, according to internal communications between the Google “transparency-and-ethics” group which were leaked by a Google whistleblower and published by Project Veritas.
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