Ravelry, an online knitting community with over 8 million members, has banned support of President Donald Trump and his administration.
Knitters go to Ravelry to discuss and post knitting patterns and projects. On Sunday, Ravelry announced that it will ban support for Trump in forum posts and content, but data about projects and patterns will not be deleted.
“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” a Ravelry blog post said. “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably [in] support [of] white supremacy.”
According to Ravelry’s new policy, members who support the Trump administration can still participate on Ravelry, but they can’t talk about it on the site. It said that it was not endorsing Democrats, nor was it banning Republicans.
The policy also said it was not banning conservative politics or people for their past support, and antagonizing conservative members for unstated positions is not acceptable.
Leading up to the Women’s March in January 2017, many knitters had posted patterns on Ravelry for pink “pussy hats” that people could wear to the protest.