Concern trolling

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Concern trolling is a special case of discussion trolling in which the troll expresses a false sense of caring as a way of lending their arguments an unearned appearance of legitimacy. This effectively reduces the level of skepticism such arguments would normally evoke (a diversionary tactic) since the concern troll is ostensibly "on our side".


  • Appeal to worse problems: "How can you care about X in the United States when X is so much worse in third-world countries?"
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  • Wikipedia: redirects to "concern troll" section of internet troll: "...a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the troll claims to hold. The concern troll posts in Web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group's actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed "concerns". The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group."
  • ConservapediaConservapedia is an unreliable source.: no information as of 2016-02-26
  • RationalWiki: redirects to concern troll