A popular online knitting and crafting community, based in the States, has banned support of Donald Trump and his administration on its site, in what it describes as a stand against 'white supremacy'.
Ravelry, an online knitting and crafting community boasting 8 million members, is banning forum posts, projects, patterns and profiles that it deems constituting 'support for Donald Trump or his administration', reports USA Today.
In a blog post shared to their website Sunday, the knitting community wrote:
We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.
We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.
After the post was shared on Twitter, it began to draw in thousands and thousands of replies, with many supportive of the move, and others, however, critical.
Some said the decision made them 'incredibly happy'.
We stan you, knitting resistance!
When a knitting site has more backbone than the Senate...
And makes all other websites look like cowards...
Others found it indicative of the general state of Twitter in 2019.
Some, however, didn't agree.
The website also detailed how the ban on Trump supporters affects the community, including the type of content that constitutes bannable offences. The website makes clear that Trump supporters are allowed to use the site, however, they aren't allowed to use it to spread their ideas.
In its policy outline, the site states:
This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.
We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.
It also states that it's not trying to ban Republican or conservative ideas, but that it is trying to ban hate groups and intolerance.
The move comes after popular online community and role-playing site RPG.Net banned support for Trump and his administration in October 2018, before the midterm elections.
In an announcement on their website, they wrote:
We will not pretend that evil isn’t evil, or that it becomes a legitimate difference of political opinion if you put a suit and tie on it.
We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both.