A Muslim woman has come up with a new way of dealing with trolls: turning their hate into charity.
Susan Carland, an Australian academic, regularly receives Islamophobic messages on social media.
"As a Muslim woman, people from many different quarters are eager to tell me how to dress and how to act. They also seem determined to tell me what I believe," she wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I regularly get tweets and Facebook messages... telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war, and sexism,”
Carland used to either ignore these messages or engage with the trolls but soon realised it was pointless: "I am just a blank canvas onto which they can project their own prejudices and fantasies about Muslims".
It’s why she then decided to donate money to charity every time she received a hate tweet.
Carland chose to give $1 (47p) to children’s charity UNICEF for every abusive message she was sent.
“I particularly liked the idea of giving to UNICEF, as so often they were assisting children who were in horrific situations that were the direct outcome of hate – war, poverty due to greed, injustice, violence,” she explained.
“These children seemed like the natural recipients for the antidote to hate. And donating to them every time I was abused felt like tangible good in response to virtual hate.”
Carland has been doing this for several months and has now given almost $1,000 (£469) in donations to the charity.
Unsurprisingly has been inundated with positive messages from supporters, praising her decision.
She is now urging her supporters to join her in donating to UNICEF and joked it was so she doesn’t ‘go broke alone’.
Carland is well-known in Australia for being a respected Muslim sociologist and being part of a ‘Muslim power couple’ with her husband Waleed Aly, who hosts an Australian TV show.
Though it looks like Carland's philanthropy might just have cemented her as the most powerful half of this couple.