How to Disable Comments on a Facebook Post
As a massive social media platform, Facebook is built to encourage user interaction. That’s why we can have as many as seven different reactions to a particular post. However, things can sometimes get out of hand, especially in the comment section. That’s where admins come into play. As the group creator, you can disable comments on a Facebook post, both private or public. That allows you to keep the conversation respectful, not to mention preventing the violation of Terms and Conditions.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could hide all comments by flipping a switch? Unfortunately, neither the desktop version nor the mobile app has such a feature. At least, not when it comes to your timeline or page posts.
However, there are steps you could take to avoid spamming or trolling in the comment section. You can choose who gets to interact with your profile by editing the Privacy settings on your public posts. There’s also the option of banning the use of particular words or phrases. When push comes to shove, you can always do it the old-fashioned way and delete comments manually. Keep reading for a breakdown of all the steps you can take to curate your profile.
While you can’t altogether disable the feature, you can narrow the number of people who can comment. By switching to a different privacy setting, you decide who gets to interact with all your public posts. Here’s how to do it:
- Open your preferred browser and log in to your Facebook account.
- Move your cursor to the upper-left corner of the screen. Click on the downward arrow to open a drop-down list.
- Select “Settings and Privacy” from the panel and then go to “Settings.”
- Scroll down and find the “Public Post Comments” section. Select “Edit” on the right-hand side.
- Click on the downward arrow in the “Public” tab to open a drop-down list.
- Choose “Friends” if you only want your friends to comment on your public posts. If you’re okay with friends of your friends, there’s that option as well.
This will prevent users who don’t follow you from commenting, even though they can still view the post. Of course, you can also enable this setting for individual uploads. Here’s how:
- Log in to your Facebook account by using your browser.
- Scroll through your timeline and find the post you want to edit.
- Move your cursor to the three horizontal dots in the top-right corner. Click to access an options menu.
- Select “Who can comment on your post?” from the list.
- A pop-up window will appear. You can choose only to allow your friends to comment. If there are any pages or profiles mentioned in the post, you can enable them to comment.
Facebook will then hide the comment section from users who aren’t on your friends’ list. Keep in mind people will be able to see you’ve limited the comments on the post.
Though there’s been some tension between Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook in recent months, Apple still hasn’t banned Facebook on their devices. You can access your account by using Safari or any other chosen browser. From there on, the same steps are pretty much the same:
- Open Safari on your MacBook.
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Go to Settings and Privacy > Settings > Public Post Comments.
- Choose who can comment on your public posts by clicking “Edit.”
Of course, you can do the same for individual posts. Just change the setting from “Public” to “Friends,” and the comment section will be removed.
There’s one other way to gain more control over what kind of comments can show up on your profile. You can flag keywords and phrases to filter out unwanted content. The key is to ban the most commonly used words such as pronouns, articles, prepositions. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings and Privacy > Settings.
- Select “Profile and Tagging” from the panel on the left-hand side.
- In the first section, find the option to hide comments that contain particular words. Click “Edit” on the right-hand side.
- Type the keywords in the dialog box below. To ban most comments, make sure to choose words like “it,” “I,” “the,” and others.
- Click “Save” to enable the feature.
Android users can download the app from Google Play Store and manage their profiles that way. Facebook hasn’t added a special feature for the mobile version, but you can still manage the Privacy settings on your public posts. The app has a similar interface to the desktop mode, so the steps are pretty similar:
- Tap on the Facebook icon on your home screen.
- In the upper-right corner, tap on the three horizontal lines to open a drop-down menu.
- Scroll down and select “Settings and Privacy.”
- Select “Settings” from the drop-down list.
- Scroll to the “Privacy” section and tap “Public Posts.”
- A new window will open. Tap on the circle next to your preferred setting in the “Public Post Comments” section.
You can edit the settings on individual posts in the app as well. Here’s how:
- Find the post on your timeline.
- Tap on the three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner.
- If it’s a public post, you can disable the comments for people outside your Friends list.
- If it’s not, you can’t turn off the comments. However, there’s an option to “Edit Privacy.” Click on that.
- Choose “Friends Except.” You can keep a particular person from commenting by hiding the post from them.
The App Store also has a free version of the app available for download. It’s exactly the same as the Android version, meaning you can repeat all the steps mentioned above.
If there’s a particular profile that’s been bugging you, you can prevent them from commenting on your profile altogether. Not only that, the person won’t be able to post anything at all. Here’s how to do it:
- Open “Settings” and go to “Privacy.”
- In the “Viewing and Sharing” section, tap on the first option. This will edit who can post on your profile.
- Choose the “Friends Except” option from the drop-down list.
- Enter the name of the profile that’s harassing you.
- Tap “Done.”
How to Turn Off Comments on Facebook Groups?
Facebook has a different policy for groups. As an admin, you’re allowed to disable comments on posts you deem potentially controversial. It doesn’t matter if it’s a public or a private group; the same rules apply. There are also preemptive steps you can take, like requiring admin approval for every post.
However, when it comes to Facebook pages, you can only hide or delete comments from a particular post. Just like your timeline, you can’t entirely disable them. If you want to know the specifics, keep reading.
As we established, only group admins can actually enable this feature. The process is pretty straightforward, allowing you to act quickly should a problem arise. Here are the steps:
- Open Facebook with your preferred browser.
- Click on “Groups” in the panel on the left-hand side and find yours.
- Scroll to the post you want to edit.
- Click on the three horizontal dots to open a drop-down list.
- Select “Turn Off Commenting.”
The post itself will remain on the group feed. However, the comment section will be removed. If you want to delete the post entirely, here’s what you need to do:
- Find the post and open the drop-down menu.
- Select “Remove Post” from the list.
- Click on the Terms and Condition that were violated. You can add a note for further explanation.
- Click to share the feedback with the poster, then click “Confirm.”
To avoid any potential issues, you can weed out problematic posts right off the bat. All it takes is enabling admin approval, and you’ll have full control over what kind of content can be shared in your group. Here’s how to do it:
- Open Safari and go to your Facebook account.
- Select your group from the panel in your News Feed.
- Click on “Settings” in the menu panel on the left-hand side.
- Enable the “Approve All Member Posts” option.
- Click “Save.”
From now on, you’ll get a notification each time a person wants to upload something to your group. As the admin, you can make sure the post adheres to the Community Guidelines of your group and Facebook in general.
Of course, you can’t predict how each member will react. If the discussion gets too aggressive, you can always remove the comment altogether. Just click on the three dots in the upper-right corner and enable the feature.
You can use the Android app to manage both group and page settings. To turn off comments for a particular post, do it as you would be using the web version.
However, if you want to hide comments on your Facebook page, you have to customize the Page Moderation settings. Luckily, there’s a nifty feature to help you curate the comment section effectively. It’s very similar to editing your timeline:
- Tap on the app icon to launch your News Feed.
- Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner.
- Scroll down and open “Pages.”
- Find your page and tap on it.
- Go to Settings > General.
- Scroll to the “Page Moderation” section and tap “Edit.”
- You’ll find the option to ban comments that contain particular keywords or phrases. Write the most commonly used words in the dialog box to restrict most comments.
- Tap “Save” when you’re done.
Once again, the same steps apply to the iPhone version. Once you install the app, you’re free to disable comments on group posts and ban certain keywords from your Facebook page.
Finally, you can always curate the comment section by manually removing anything offensive or inappropriate. Deleting comments might be a chore, but it’s 100% effective. Here’s how to do it:
- Hold down the comment you want to remove.
- Tap “Delete” in the pop-up window
- Tap “Delete” to confirm.
While Facebook allows you to turn comments off in group posts, there’s no such feature for your timeline and pages. As frustrating as that can be, the good news is you can work around it. Multiple Privacy settings allow you to decide who gets to interact with your profile and how.
The best thing is you can still post publicly without worrying about random troll comments. You can also filter the conversation by hiding remarks that contain particular keywords and phrases. This is especially useful when it comes to Facebook pages. All in all, even without entirely disabling comments, you’re still able to curate your profile.