Y’uge knitting and crochet-based social media platform Ravelry has announced it’s banning any support of Donald Trump and his administration on its website. Presumably to put an end to, uh, toxic and offensive content / discussions re: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube etc. etc.
Ravelry claims to have a whopping 8 million members, with over 800,000 active users on the site in the past month. As an aside, Ravelry’s homepage is adorable animals playing in a big heap of yarn.
“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” Ravelry tweeted.
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. More details: https://t.co/hEyu9LjqXa— Ravelry (@ravelry) June 23, 2019
In a website post explaining its decision further, the site’s administrators said the ban stretches across forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.
“You can still participate if you do in fact support the administration, you just can’t talk about it here,” it read.
“We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.”
However, this new policy only applies to content going forward. Ravelry will not be backtracking through user profiles to delete any past support. It also won’t allow anyone to use its new policy as a way to force people into talking about whether or not they support Trump and / or his policies.
“Antagonising conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable.”
Ravelry said it adopted its new policy from role-playing website RPG.Net, which banned any support of Trump and his administration on its forums in late 2018. It even included a whole bunch of links to explain its stance on Trump. If you’re curious, you can see the post right HERE.