The popular knitting website Ravelry is banning users from expressing support for the US President Donald Trump and his administration on its platform.
On Sunday night, a tweet, which has now been shared almost 10,000 times and attracted 13,000 comments, 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."
We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. More details: https://t.co/hEyu9LjqXa— Ravelry (@ravelry) June 23, 2019
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In a statement on its website, Ravelry said supporters of the president could still use the site but could not express their support in its forum or knitting patterns.
"We are not endorsing Democrats nor banning Republicans," it said.
"We are definitely not banning conservative politics.
"Hate groups and intolerance are different from political position."
Ravelry said its policy was largely based on one adopted in October 2018 by the role-playing game website RPG.Net
At the time, RPG said the Trump administration was so incompatible with its values "that formal political neutrality is not tenable".
Since Ravelry's ban, it has been the subject of more than 30,000 tweets.
But fellow Ravelry user Shelly Caldwell tweeted: "I will be cancelling my account #Maga [make America great again]."
Though not a Ravelry user, Keith Barrett tweeted: "You cannot claim to be inclusive while banning or censoring half the country for supporting its president."
But lawyer Tiffany Li said as a private company, Ravelry was under no obligation to allow all viewpoints on its platform.
Ravelry is a private company that can freely choose to ban any political viewpoint they want. Internet intermediaries do not have to be neutral. This is legal. https://t.co/qMWAyDpJzi— Tiffany C. Li (@tiffanycli) June 23, 2019