'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

On Sunday, the knitting site posted a Tweet announcing the ban and linked to a blog post outlining its new rules and why it put the policy into practice.

The site said in a statement: "We can not provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy".

The network, which is said to bring together about 8 million knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers, announced it would eradicate pro-Trump forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and other content, and even ban users permanently if they publicly back the current USA president.

However, even though the post emphasizes that Ravelry is "not banning conservative politics", some Twitter users are still unhappy with the new rule. "Support of the Trump administration is undeniably [in] support [of] white supremacy". However, it warned them against weaponising this policy "by entrapping people who do support the Trump administration into voicing their support" and forbidding them to antagonise conservative members "for their unstated positions". The new policy was set in the spirit of inclusiveness, and Ravelry states that allowing white supremacist rhetoric on the site goes against that spirit.

Ravelry said permanently banned accounts will be sent a copy of their data, including purchased patterns, and the new policy had used wording first set by gaming platform RPG.net a year ago.

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"Has someone hacked your account?" one Twitter user asked. Ravelry points to RPGnet's post, which contains a long list of actions and statements by Trump and his administration that are racist, transphobic, ableist, violent, and otherwise abhorrent to those who run the site (as well as plenty of other people around the world).

"I am just guessing that you didn't ban Obama supporters", another reply read. It has more than 8 million members, Business Insider reported.

More than 832,000 people have used Ravelry within the past month, according to its website.

A message seeking additional comment from its reps was not immediately returned early Monday. In a blog post, Ravelry announced it is banning support of Trump and his administration in forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content on the site. However, knitting can get quite political.

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