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Jordan Peterson says "coordinated attack" took his Instagram down

Jordan Peterson has returned to Instagram, after claiming that a “coordinated attack” led to his account being suspended.

Posting to X—the social network formerly known as Twitter—on October 10, the Canadian psychologist wrote: “I’m back up on Instagram after a coordinated attack took me down. Thank you @instagram for your quick response.”

Although the 61-year-old didn’t say what the alleged attack consisted of, users seemed to believe it was related to his comments about the Israel-Palestinian war.

On October 7, the conservative author told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “give ’em hell.”

“Enough is enough,” Peterson said on X, tagging Netanyahu in the post, which divided people online.

“A coordinated attack by who?” wondered KoomKilla.

“You should be banned for inciting violence,” said @Crypt0_Titan.

“Why do you want to murder 2 million people you creep?” asked @FredoBarca.

“The advocates of war and genocide should never be allowed a platform,” agreed Zo.

“Imagine all the people who don’t have your power to get their accounts back from speaking about s*** on the war,” wrote Steveontheinternet, while Monique said: “You don’t deserve a voice.”

However, other users were pleased to see that Peterson’s account had been reinstated, with James Young calling it “another small victory in the war for free speech.”

“So glad you are back. Humanity needs you,” said IsraelK.

“Only cowards try to silence their opposition,” commented Ed Marcotte.

Newsweek has reached out to Jordan Peterson for comment via email.

On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise land, sea and air attack on Israel. Israel fired back with airstrikes and artillery attacks in the Gaza strip, hitting over 800 targets in the region.

The death toll from Hamas’ weekend attacks has exceeded 1,000, according to Israel’s embassy in Washington and reported by Reuters. The same news organization also reports Gaza’s health ministry as saying the death toll from Israel’s retaliatory air strikes has exceeded 770.

The academic isn’t the only celebrity to share their thoughts on the war. Israeli actress Gal Gadot posted to Instagram in solidarity with her home country, writing: “My heart is aching. Praying for all of those in pain.”

Reality star Kylie Jenner was slammed online on October 7, after sharing a pro-Israel post to her Instagram Stories.

Reposting a graphic from StandWithUs, a non-profit organization that supports Israel and fights antisemitism, the 26-year-old wrote: “SHARE if you stand with the people of Israel as they face one of the most frightening situations in many years.”

However, Jenner quickly deleted the post, after receiving fierce backlash from users.

Rob Schneider, Sarah Paulson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nina Dobrev are some of the famous faces to post similar messages to their social media accounts, while former adult film star Mia Khalifa and has spoken out in support of “freedom fighters in Palestine,” leading to calls for the Playboy model to be canceled.

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