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In a bold move today, Ravelry, the social network for yarn enthusiasts, has banned posts that support president Donald Trump and his administration. A public statement posted on the site today reads, in part, “We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.”

The statement goes on to say, “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.” The statement was inspired by a similar statement made on October 29, 2018, on the roleplaying site RPG.org.

User data will not be deleted no matter their political expression and banned users will still be able to access their past purchases. The ban will not be enacted retroactively and Ravelry has specified that users should not antagonize conservative members for their unstated positions.

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Ravelry team members: (L to R) Casey, Jessica, Christina, Sarah and Mary-Heather.

 

Ravelry is a privately held company owned by Casey Forbes and his wife, Jess and run by a small team. The site celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. It’s been bootstrapped from the beginning, earning revenue through advertising without outside investors.

This is not the first time the company has taken a political stand. A pride flag has been part of the Ravelry logo for a long while now and Casey and Jess have had a no tolerance policy towards accounts that express views against gay rights. This morning’s announcement has been met with overwhelming support on Twitter where it had already garnered over 10,000 likes in just a few hours. Here are just a few samples of the responses:

Although certainly, not everyone is happy with the decision.


Blocking has already begun. Twitter user @pancho says they’ve already been blocked for expressing admiration for Donald Trump.

Others expressed sentiments such as this one:

EDITED June 26, 2019: We’ve decided to remove the commenting thread on this post and to close comments. Our comment section was devolving into a place of personal attacks which was not something we felt comfortable with. Thank you.

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