— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) August 1, 2017
There are several possible breaches of the Terms of Service which may be to blame. Yes, yes we all know that this is trash and unfair and they’re anti-free speech or whatever, but YouTube is still allowed to control who gets to produce on their platform.
Without a free speech friendly YouTube alternative that isn’t a pale clone of the current service, there’s no point in complaining too fiercely.
Anyway, on to the violation I would like expect YouTube to blame:
6. Your Content and Conduct
You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on the Service. You affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish Content you submit; and you license to YouTube all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to such Content for publication on the Service pursuant to these Terms of Service.
8. Copyright Policy
A. YouTube operates a clear copyright policy in relation to any Content alleged to infringe the copyright of a third party. Details of that policy can be found here.
B. As part of YouTube’s copyright policy, YouTube will terminate user access to the Website if a user has been determined to be a repeat infringer. A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice.
Since many of Peterson’s videos are taken from lectures, and since teachers and professors must uphold specific copyright laws that govern their use of materials, it’s possible that he has been targeted over use of materials that he does not have permission to broadcast on YouTube, even if he does have permission to use them in class.