In debate, a whataboutism is a fallacy of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue as a means of distracting from the issue at hand. This type of argument is very common in online discussions.

See also thought-terminating cliches and high control group.


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  2. Battaly, Heather. "Varieties of epistemic vice." The ethics of belief (2014): 51-76.