concern troll

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concern troll (plural concern trolls)

  1. (Internet slang) Someone who posts to an internet forum or newsgroup, claiming to share its goals while deliberately working against those goals, typically, by claiming "concern" about group plans to engage in productive activity, urging members instead to attempt some activity that would damage the group's credibility, or alternatively to give up on group projects entirely.
    • 2013 August 2, Dana Nuccitelli, “It's climate scientists, not concern trolls who champion the scientific method”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      Contrarians aren't "champions of the scientific method," as Pearce posits. They might more accurately be described as ‘concern trolls’, feigning concern at every little climate uncertainty or issue they can use to manufacture doubt and delay the action necessary to solve the climate problem.


concern troll (third-person singular simple present concern trolls, present participle concern trolling, simple past and past participle concern trolled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To troll as a concern troll would.
    • 2015, Max Longley, For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War[2]:
      Foremost among the critical governments were the expansionist northern Italian kingdom of Piedmont, which had territorial designs on the papal domains, and Piedmont's ally Great Britain, whose policy was to concern-troll for alleged papal misgovernment in order to delegitimize Pius's rule.