Ravelry, one of the biggest knitting and crocheting sites online, has banned users from posting support for President Donald Trump, saying that supporting the president is the same as supporting white supremacy.
Users who post any messages supporting Trump will have their projects removed from the site, but would still have access to their data, according to The Hill. Trump supporters were welcome to use the site as long as they didn’t post their support there.
“We are definitely not banning conservative politics,” the statement said. “Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.” No support for their contention that Trump equals white supremacy was given.
While Ravelry certainly isn’t the first large site to ban messages its owners didn’t necessarily agree with, it is certainly an egregious example of censorship. Why does a knitting site even care about its users’ politics?
Their position on this issue is probably not defensible legally. They would have been better off banning all political speech on the site, because, why do you need to make political comments on a knitting and crafting site, anyway?
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