virtue signaling

virtue signaling

Publicly sharing or stating something, especially on social media or in a political context, that is intended to indicate and/or emphasize one's values or moral convictions. The term is often used in a derogatory way to criticize doing so as superficial or as intended to garner praise or admiration. I hope I'm wrong, but her anger about this issue strikes me as virtue signaling.
See also: signal, virtue
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