Ravelry, a social network for knitters, dumps Trump supporters

June 25, 2019

There has been too much “needling’ lately on a popular knitting and crocheting website—and now the online community has announced that it won’t host Trump’s political supporters anymore.

Since 2007, Boston-based Ravelry has helped knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project, and pattern information—as well as to communicate with others for ideas and inspiration.

So long as those ideas and inspiration don’t come from President Donald Trump,

In a blog post released on June 23, Ravelry announced it is banning support of Trump and his administration in forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content on the site.

Announcing the ban, Ravelry said: “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.’

According to the website, the policy includes the following stipulations:

  • You still will be able to participate if you support the administration; you just can’t talk about it on Ravelry.
  • We are not endorsing the Democrats nor banning Republicans.
  • We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.
  • We are not banning people for past support.
  • Do not try to weaponize this policy by entrapping people who do support the Trump administration into voicing their support.
  • Similarly, antagonizing conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable.

Members can help by flagging any of the following items, if they constitute support for Trump or his administration:

  • Projects: Unacceptable projects will be made invisible to others.
  • Patterns: Unacceptable patterns will be returned to drafts.
  • Forum posts: Right now, only posts written after Sunday, June 23rd at 8 AM Eastern
  • Profiles: Users are asked not to flag profiles yet, if the only banned content is an avatar or avatars. There is not yet a flagging system for those.

According to founder Jessica (known online as “Mama Rav”), “The content here is all user-driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.”

But to talk about politics? Not so much.

Research contact: @ravelry

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