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Online knitting community bans support for Trump in stand against 'white supremacy'

Administrators of an online knitting group, which boasts about eight million members, say they will ban anyone supporting US President Donald Trump because doing so constitutes "white supremacy".

An online knitting community with millions of members has announced a blanket ban on any and all support of US President Donald Trump and his administration on its member platform.

Ravelry, which claims to have 8 million members, said any forum posts, projects, knitting patterns, or profiles including support for Mr Trump would be removed from the site.

"Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy," the website's administrators wrote.

"We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy."

A post announcing its new policy says any members endorsing Mr Trump or his administration could be permanently banned from the site. 

"You can still participate if you do in fact support the administration, you just can’t talk about it here," they said.

"We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions."

The ban follows a similar move by role-playing game site RPG.net, which also banned all support for Mr Trump and his administration last October. 

"This is because his public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable," the gaming website announced.

"We can be welcoming to, for example, persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both."

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