Knitting website bans users from posting in support of Trump

Mahira Dayal

Ravelry —a social media platform and online community for knitters and crocheters — is under scrutiny for making an announcement banning all support for President Donald Trump and his administration on its website.

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.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the blog post reads. “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

While the blog assures users that they’re allowed to use Ravelry even if they support Trump, it makes it clear that they’re not allowed to discuss it on the platform. “Do not try to weaponize this policy by entrapping people who do support the Trump administration into voicing their support,” the blog post says.

However, even though the post emphasizes that Ravelry is “not banning conservative politics,” some Twitter users are still unhappy with the new rule.

Some on Twitter also saw the new policy as an attempt to “dehumanize” people with opposing views. Many also commented on how unfair it was that Ravelry chose to ban only pro-Trump content and not support for figures on both sides of the political spectrum.

Not everyone was angry with the new policy, though, as many commended the brand for taking a stand.

One person even urged people to show Ravelry some love to balance out the backlash they would inevitably receive.

The blog post confirms that even if users violate the new terms, they will still have access to any patterns they previously purchased, and all their information will be sent to them.

Representatives from Ravelry did not immediately reply to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.

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