This is an inspired way to stop Twitter trolls.
I donate $1 to @UNICEF for each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls. Nearly at $1000 in donations. The needy children thank you, haters!
— Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) October 21, 2015
In a piece on the Sydney Morning Herald, Carland explained that she “regularly get tweets and Facebook messages from the brave freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accounts telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war, and sexism.”
The threats entail “requests to leave Australia, hope for my death, insults about my appearance (with a special focus on my hijab), accusations that I am a stealth jihadist, and that I am planning to take over the nation, one halal meat pie at a time.”
And when she “tried blocking, muting, engaging and ignoring” that’s when she was prompted by her idea to donate a dollar to UNICEF for every hate tweet.
“I felt I should be actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet sent my way,” Carland said.
The response from Twitter has been thoroughly supportive:
— Mike Beder (@mikebeder) November 12, 2015
@SusanCarland Hi Susan, I just heard about what you are doing regarding internet trolls & hate tweets. More power to you, lady!! xx
— Kate Doak (@katedoak) November 12, 2015
Since declaring her pledge in October, Carland has said she has donated more A$1000 for UNICEF. It’s not yet known if the e-haters have slowed down, but turning a negative situation into a positive one is something that she ought to be proud of.