Ravelry – a popular knitting and crochet online community that boasts millions of users – prohibits forum submissions, projects, designs, profiles, and other content to "provide support" to President Trump or his administration.
"We cannot provide a space that includes everything and also allows support for open white supremacy," published a message Sunday on the site read. "Support for the Trump administration is undeniable support for white supremacy."
The new policy on the user-driven forum still allows Trump fans to use it as a place for "knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers" to share all their latest projects and techniques, but to talk about it The current commander is a strictly no progress.
"We do not join the Democrats or prohibit Republicans", the announcement continued. "We absolutely do not prohibit conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance differ from other forms of political attitudes."
Ravelry said it would not prohibit users from "previous support" by Trump or his administration and warned against anyone " trying to weapon this policy by involving people "Trump in singing his praise on the social networking site.
"Similarly, antagonism of conservative members for their undisputed positions is not acceptable," the announcement said.
The new policy, modeled on a similar set of rules by a role-playing website called RPGnet, was met with immediate skepticism and avid response to social media, including some people who believed the proclamation was a hoax.
"Has anyone hacked your account?" A Twitter user asked.
"This is very true," read a reply from Ravelry to his 117,000 Twitter followers.
Some users said the change would prompt them to immediately close their access while others called for questioning the requirement to be "inclusive while prohibiting or censoring half the country to support" Trump. "[I just guess you don't ban Obama supporters," another answer reads. "I remove my account and will spread the word that others will do it too."]
More than 832,000 people have used Ravelry within the last month, according to the website. It has more than 8 million members, reported Business Insider.
A message seeking additional comments from its reps was not immediately returned Monday.
The site also requested users to flag Trump projects, designs, forum posts, and profiles, but promised that anyone banned due to the new policy could still access their purchases and receive a copy of their data.
at least one critic of the movement questioned the idea of a knitting community "getting involved in politics" and potentially alienating a large segment of its members.
"You are literally the opposite of including as you who exclude many people, "replied a user. "It's just sad that this is what people think."