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This guy has mastered the art of "killing with kindness".
Abusive messages from online trolls are an all too familiar part of internet life, especially if you're a person of colour, like astro-photographer and podcaster Abdul Dremali.
Dremali gets more than his fair share of hateful messages on social media, but he’s found a novel way to turn them around.
Rather than responding with insults, or even defending himself, he responds with compliments to stop his attackers in their tracks.
In an example he shared online, Dremali manages to get an apology in just a few messages.
my favorite thing in the world is responding to my hateful messages and seeing how fast i can change their mood. https://t.co/4Ihz5dSc27 — abdul 🌌🤠 (@abdul 🌌🤠)
Other users were shocked by how quickly the conversation turned around.
@Advil @devlinsports Have you considered work as a mediator or world ambassador? Incredible how you turned that. — Marc S. Posner ✌️🏒✒️✈️📷🗽 (@Marc S. Posner ✌️🏒✒️✈️📷🗽)
@Advil Thats wholesome omg good on you @advil making the world more wholesome — WholesomeMemes (@WholesomeMemes)
Fellow podcast host Bruce Greene agreed that the strategy usually works for him as well.
@Advil @flutterisk I've been doing this for years on YouTube comments and it pretty much always works! Someone usua… https://t.co/QSsVa4dcdh — Bruce Greene (@Bruce Greene)
Dremali later explained how he became so good at staying calm when he gets abusive messages.
He also shared a little bit of insight into what his DMs look like with some of the weirdest messages he’s received.
people are asking me to share more of the weird messages i get. none are as good as the top post in this thread. i’… https://t.co/YXisyFLFgQ — abdul 🌌🤠 (@abdul 🌌🤠)
The internet would be a better place if more people were like him.
And seriously, can everyone stop sending abuse to people they don’t know on Twitter?
Abdul’s just here to spread wholesome content.
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