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.


  • 2008-11-25 [L..T] The price of dissent on global warming “According to official data, in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that?”