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William Davis | Contributor

The University of Cambridge is rescinding a visiting fellowship from conservative Canadian professor Jordan Peterson after backlash from some students and faculty.

Peterson was supposed to start a visiting fellowship at the University of Cambridge divinity school in October, but the historic English university threw cold water on that idea Wednesday. Peterson told The Daily Caller that he found out through social media, and ripped the university for “cheap, political posturing.” (RELATED: Jordan Peterson Calls Critics ‘Totalitarian Wannabes’ Ahead Of College Speech)

“It’s incomprehensible to me,” Peterson said. “I think it’s despicable.”

Peterson, who came to fame in 2017 for his biblical lecture series on YouTube, said he believed the fellowship would have been mutually beneficial. (RELATED: Jordan Peterson Sues Canadian University For $1.5 Million)

“I thought collaboration would be in our mutual interest,” Peterson said. “Divinity schools are trying desperately hard in the modern world to retain their credibility, authority, and voice, and I don’t think there is a phenomena comparable to what happened when I released my lectures on Genesis.”

Peterson also says that he wishes his critics would spend time listening to him instead of succumbing to their anger.

“I think if the people that are inspired toward enmity by me spend more time reading what I’m saying and less time parroting the same lies, they’d find they have far less reason to oppose my existence,” he said.

A staunch opponent of political correctness, Peterson’s campus appearances have frequently been the subject of protests.

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Source: The Daily Caller

White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. was temporarily blocked from making public Facebook comments on Monday evening.

Scavino posted a screenshot of the ban with the caption, “Dear Facebook
AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”

The ban itself claimed that “some of your comments have been reported as spam,” and that “to avoid getting blocked again,” he should “make sure your posts are in line with the Facebook Community Standards.”

The message from Facebook does not specify which comments were flagged or what standard they had violated.

Facebook has recently faced accusations of censoring individuals, the majority of whom are conservatives, but not exclusively. Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has advocated for breaking up what she believes is Facebook and Amazon’s monopoly. Her ads which called for splitting up the social media monopoly on Facebook were briefly taken down.

Addressing the ban, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “As I’ve been saying. This is a disgusting abuse of power, and of course it only goes one way.”

Last month, Facebook briefly deleted two pages for Raheem Kassam, an opinion writer for The Daily Caller and a former chief adviser to United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

Neither Facebook or Scavino Jr. responded to requests for comment.

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