Free speech trolling

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Free speech trolling is a form of discussion trolling in which the principle of free speech is used as justification for suppressing someone else's speech.

The underlying argument can be roughly paraphrased as "I have a right to say that you should shut up. If you disagree, then you're against free speech – so shut up and stop censoring me!"


Known Free Speech Trolls

  • Milo Yiannopoulos: advocated for the firing of a university professor with whom he disagreed
  • Ann Coulter: turned a necessary schedule change into 'liberal free speech suppression'



Free speech trolls were generally nowhere to be found when Gawker was under attack. See Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight.