Having the comment section of your Facebook posts under control is not easy, especially if you manage a Facebook business page/suite with a large following.
Being a public platform, Facebook posts get hijacked by comments that can be spammy, offensive, controversial, etc.
As we have seen in the recent Australian court ruling, companies can be held liable for comments and replies under their posts. By default, Facebook lets everyone comment on a public post of yours, even people who don't follow you.
If you'd like more control over who can comment on your Facebook posts & learn how to turn off comments on Facebook posts, you're in luck.
Facebook has introduced a new change that lets you control who can comment on your Facebook posts.
In this post, we'll help you figure out how to turn off commenting on a Facebook post for your profiles, business pages, Facebook groups & more.
Table Of Contents:
- For Personal Profiles: How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
- For Facebook Groups: How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
- For Business Pages: How To Disable Comments On Facebook Posts
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For Personal Profiles: How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
Go to your profile. Click on the three-dot option at the top right corner of the post. Select 'Who can comment on your post?' & choose the most suitable option to turn off comments on the Facebook post.
First things first: can you turn off comments on Facebook? Yes, you can turn off comments on Facebook by adjusting the post's privacy settings.
Facebook's motive behind the new change is to give more leverage to users to control who can comment on their posts.
With this new change, comments can be restricted on posts at an account level or even in individual Facebook posts. You have the option to choose who is allowed to comment on your posts from options like Public, Friends, and People/Pages mentioned in the post.
To disable comments on a Facebook post (Mobile App):
- Go to the desired post on your profile for which you want to restrict the comments
- Tap the three-dot option on the top-right corner of the post
- Tap on 'Who can comment on your post?'
- You then need to choose one of the three options as listed below
Image source: Facebook Newsroom
To disable comments on a Facebook post (Web):
- Navigate to your desired post on your Facebook page/profile
- Click the three-dot option on the top-right corner of the post
- Click on 'Who can comment on your post?'
- You then need to choose one of the three options as listed below
For Facebook Groups: How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
Go to the Facebook Group & click on the three-dot option at the top right corner of the post. Select 'Turn off commenting' to turn off comments on the Facebook posts of a Group.
Facebook groups can sometimes turn out to be the land of heavy & controversial arguments. It can be overwhelming for the group admin to moderate the conversation. In such cases, it's better to turn off comments.
Often for posts that contain information such as group rules or posts that need to be pinned, it's advisable to disable commenting.
Facebook gives you the option to disable comments for Facebook group posts. To do so, you either need to be the person who shared the post originally or a group admin. If you qualify for one of those two categories, here are the step to turn off comments for a Facebook group post:
Navigate to the group for which you want to restrict comments
Click the three-dotted icon in the upper right-hand corner, and click on "Turn off commenting."
To undo this action, click the dots one more time and select "turn on commenting" again.
For Business Pages: How To Disable Comments On Facebook Posts
Go to your Facebook Page settings > General > Page Moderation to add forbidden keywords. Define a Rule in Statusbrew to turn off all comments on your Facebook posts automatically.
Social media has revolutionized the way consumers can interact with a brand. It gives customers a direct medium to share ideas, feedback & even criticism.
Brands can leverage these conversations to create a community & develop brand loyalty.
So one might ask why you need to turn off comments on Facebook?
Sadly, the comment section of Facebook posts is filled with trolls, haters, or spammers, which can diminish the message shared in the post.
Your brand's Facebook page is a public space, and it's your responsibility to keep it clean.
If your comment section is filled with racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks, hate speech and features inappropriate photo content, your comment section needs to be moderated.
If you're dealing with such comments on a scale, things can quickly get overwhelming. And social media managers resort to the option of disabling comments on Facebook posts.
Although it is easy to turn off comments on Facebook posts in groups, doing it for page posts and ads can be tricky.
Facebook does not offer any options to disable comments on your business Facebook page posts and ad posts.
There are two workarounds if you want to turn off comments on your Facebook page posts and ads. Let's take a look at both of them.
How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts Of A Single Facebook Page?
Using the Facebook moderation tool, you can get rid of a majority of such comments. Head over to your Facebook Page settings > General > Page Moderation. Now add common symbols such as "." and words like "to," "you," etc., to the forbidden keyword list in your Facebook page administration.
P.S. It will turn off commenting for all such comments on all your Facebook posts and ads altogether.
But if you only want to turn off comments on a few posts & ads while continuing engagement on your other content, the following method will work for you.
How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts Of Multiple Facebook Pages?
Statusbrew lets you turn off comments on a specific post using - "Rule engine." Statusbrew's Rule Engine enables you to create a rule for a particular post and turn off comments on it.
- Open Statusbrew & head to the Rule Engine
- Select Add new rule
- Give a name to the rule & select Data sources as the Facebook pages on which you wish to turn off comments
- Select Trigger type as Message received
- Select Add conditions -> Message Content -> Apply & add keywords
- Select Add a new Action -> Hide comment
- Click Submit & you are all set to hide comments with the keywords specified on all your Facebook pages
With this rule, comments on selected Facebook posts & ads would be turned off, while you can continue engagement on all other posts.
Additionally, there can also be a review process in place wherein you can choose to auto hide all comments on your Facebook and/or Instagram page and route them to a particular inbox.
You can then quickly review all the hidden Facebook comments once a day. If something can stay up, you can unhide it with one click.
What can rules do in Statusbrew?
Using Rule Engine in Statusbrew, you can automate the following actions,
- Hide the message (Hide Comment)
- Delete the message (Delete Comment)
- Private Reply (Facebook only)
- Assign to User or User Group
- Set the conversation as a Priority
- Apply Tag to Conversation
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