The fiber arts social media site Ravelry has just announced they banning support of President Trump and his administration on the site. According to the announcement,
“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is unambiguously support for white supremacy. For more details, read this document.”
According to a post in one of the forums, here’s what prompted the decision:
“It’s been building up for some time but there was a particular pattern ‘designer’ who had patterns removed for racist/hate reasons, who had a bit of a rabid following here and elsewhere such as Instagram. With the arrival of Pride month, she produced a pattern which was essentially anti LBGTQ etc and all here followers jumped in with their drooling and fawning comments some of which were barely veiled homophobic.She came up with yet another pattern and someone used the report function on the pattern not realising then that the report would be public on the pattern page. . . . This led to said designer posting screenshots of the report comments on Instagram, and either revealed of barely concealed the ID of the Raveler who did the reporting – resulting in that poor person being on the receiving end of hate and threat PMs.”
Unlike other social media outlets, Ravelry put an end to this by banning this kind of behavior. I have a Ravelry account but just use it for storing patterns, not forum discussions. I may be spending more time there now!