How to Disable Comments on Your Facebook Wall/Profile [October 2021]
Unfortunately, Facebook does not make it possible to disable comments on your profile posts, but you can get creative and take control of your privacy and content, at least to some degree. In other words, you can adjust privacy settings to allow “Only Friends” or “Friends of Friends” instead of “Public” to have access to and comment on your posts. Where and how is another story. Here is how to adjust privacy for comments on your Facebook posts.
Managing Comments on a Particular Account
Let’s first review your options for managing comments from a particular account. If someone is bugging you, but you’d like to keep them as a friend, follow the instructions below.
Editing Facebook Privacy Settings
By editing your Facebook privacy settings as to who can see your posts, you essentially limit comment capabilities to those you allow to view your posts and tags.
- To start, open up “Facebook” on desktop or mobile and log into your account.
- Once you’re logged in, click on the “drop-down arrow” in the top right section and select “Settings & Privacy -> Settings.”
- From there, you’ll want to change your privacy settings. Here you can choose who sees your future posts, and you can review tags before they go live on your Facebook Profile/Home Page.
Edit Your Activity Settings
Now that you know how to limit who on Facebook can access your posts and tagged photos, it’s time to adjust privacy settings for individual posts.
- Locate the post in which you’d like to edit the privacy.
- Tap the “horizontal ellipsis” (three horizontal dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the selected post.
- Choose “Edit audience.”
- Choose from “Friends,” “Friends except…,” “Specific friends,” “Custom,” or “Close Friends.”
The ‘Friends except…’ option allows you to hide your post from select Facebook users, meaning you won’t see their comments. The same outcome also applies to the “Specific friends,” “Close Friends,” and “Custom” options.
At this point, you have limited who can see future posts and tags and set viewing exclusions for specific ones that already exist. Now, it’s time to reduce comments using a roundabout alternative.
Use Text Filters to Control Facebook Comments
You cannot disable Facebook comments, but you can use the text filter to reduce them. Rather than restrict comments that contain unwanted words like “stupid,” “a-hole,” “idiot,” or other words we cannot mention here, you can insert common ones to restrict a higher number of comments. Words like “a,” “the,” “and,” “we,” “you,” and plenty of others get used so much that most comments will not show on your posts. The only drawback to this method is the person posting the comment still sees it, and their friends do too.
Here’s how to restrict comments based on specific words.
- On you profile page, click the “drop-down arrow” at the top right and choose “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click on “Settings” from the new dropdown list.
- Choose “Profile and Tagging” in the left Settings menu.
- Click the “Edit” option to the right of “Hide Comments containing certain words from your profile.”
- Click on “Hide comments containing certain words from your profile,” then type your flagged words in the text box.
- Optional: Click on “Show Variations” if you’d like to add more similar words for better filtering. Note that Facebook already excludes related word variations, such as “tree, TREE, tr33, treee, t.r.e.e, and #tree.”
- Once done entering your options, click on “Save.”
Set Facebook to Review Tags before Posting to Your Timeline
Another cool trick you can do to limit/remove comments on your profile is to require approval for any tagged posts. That way, you get to review them first and approve or deny them. By choosing “Deny,” it won’t appear in your timeline, and nobody on your “Friends” list can comment. Note that any of your friends that are also friends with the person who tagged you can still comment, but it won’t appear in your profile.
- Click on the “drop-down arrow” at the top right and select “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click on “Settings.”
- Select “Profile and Tagging” in the left menu.
- Under the “Reviewing” section, click on “Review posts you’re tagged in…” or “Edit” in the same row.
- Click on the “Enabled” dropdown box and choose “Disable.”
While none of these are official workarounds, they give you more control over your Personal and Business pages than you had beforehand.
Manually Delete Comments
At this time, the most effective option for managing comments on your Facebook posts is deleting them, whether it’s unwanted content or you simply don’t want feedback.
Deleting Comments in the Facebook App on Android/iPhone
To delete and remove comments from the Facebook Application, follow these steps:
- Locate the offending comment and long-press it.
- From the menu that appears, tap “Delete.”
- Confirm that you’d like to remove the comment by selecting “Delete.”
This menu also presents the “Hide comment” option, meaning you don’t have to delete them if you don’t want to.
Deleting Facebook Comments in Windows, Chromebook, Linux, or Mac using the Website
Removing comments from a web browser is simple:
- Navigate to the post that includes the undesired comment.
- Browse for the comment you’d like to delete.
- Directly to the right of the comment (not the post,) click on the “horizontal ellipsis” (three horizontal dots).
- In the small menu that appears, choose “Delete” or “Hide Comment.” Remember that hiding the comment preserves it if you ever change your mind.
- Confirm to remove the comment.
Although this may not be an ideal solution, like a simple checkbox that will permanently disable comments, this does give you some control over unwanted content.
How to Turn Off Comments on Facebook Groups
Facebook has created a way to turn off comments on Facebook pages and groups, but you need to be the group admin or the original poster.
- From the left-hand side Settings menu on the Facebook page, click “Groups,” then tap on the group you manage.
- Scroll through until you find the post you’d like to disable comments on.
- Click the “horizontal ellipsis” (three horizontal dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the post, then select “Turn Off Commenting.” Unfortunately, you still can’t turn off commenting for the entire website.
If you’re controlling your own Facebook group, you’ll be able to correct and delete comments with ease, so stick to the pages that give you administrative approval. This way, you’ll have more control over your content and how people respond to it. You can also privatize your group, so only those you let in will be able to comment.
Chrome Extensions that Hide Comments
Some Google Chrome extensions aim to give you more control over your social media accounts by hiding the comments. The Shut Up Comment Blocker for Chrome claims to do just that. However, this option only hides them on your end while in the browser.
So if you’re using the Facebook application on your mobile device, you may run into problems. If you prefer comment-free scrolling, this option is for you!
As you can see in this article, you can’t disable Facebook comments, but you can limit who can post any and block specific words in comments so that they don’t appear on your profile/timeline. Defining who you connect with on Facebook also helps improve your online experience by reducing comment availability. Give yourself complete control over the posts on your page by using the above suggestions. It will take up a little more of your time, but you will limit the comment capabilities in doing so!