Having the comment section of your Facebook Posts under control is not easy, especially if you manage a Facebook business profile with a large following.
Being a public platform, Facebook Posts get hijacked by comments that can be spammy, offensive, controversial, etc.
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, 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 take a look at how you can turn off comments on Facebook posts for your profiles, business pages, Facebook groups & more.
For Personal Profiles - How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
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 restrict comments on a Facebook post:
- Go to the desired post on your profile for which you want to restrict the comments
- 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
Image source: Facebook Newsroom
For Facebook Groups - How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts
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 the 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 into 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 Comments."
To undo this action, click the dots one more time and select "turn on commenting" again.
For Business Pages - How To Turn Off Comments On Facebook Post
Social media has revolutionized the way consumers can interact with a brand. It gives customers a direct medium to share ideas, feedback & even criticism.
On the other hand, brands can leverage these conversations to create a community & develop brand loyalty.
So one might ask why you need to turn off comments on a Facebook post?
Sadly, the comment section of Facebook posts is filled with trolls, haters, or spammers, which can diminish the message shared in the post.
*Your brands' 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 feature 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 the Facebook post.
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.
Turn Off Comments On Facebook Post Using Facebook Moderation
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.
Turn Off Comments On Facebook Posts Using Statusbrew
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. Here's how:
- Open Statusbrew & head to the rule engine
- Create a new rule & start by giving it a name
- Now select a Facebook profile connected to Statusbrew
- Select condition as "Post is" and action as "Hide all Comments."
- Click Save
With this rule, comments on selected Facebook posts & ads would be turned off, while you can continue engagement on all other posts.
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 Priority
- Apply Tag to Conversation
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