Facebook is a leading social media platform that connects people by enabling them to share photos, videos, text, and more about their lives. It ensures that no matter where you are, you have a space to express yourself online towards your peers and friends. However, the internet is somewhat free of consequences. Instead of people being punished for being wrong, users tend to get away with whatever they’d like. This translates over to other social media as well. Anything you or somebody else posts can be commented on by others on the internet. That can lead to trolling, negativity, and other mean forms of communication.
Some users may want to use Facebook and other social media for sharing and communicating with their close friends, but not with everyone on the internet. In this case, these spaces tend to offer privacy options that allow you to choose who can do what on your content. In this case, we’re going to talk about Facebook and ensuring you can disable comments on the platform so no one can be unnecessarily rude to you online.
How To Disable Comments On Facebook
To start, go to your preferred web browser on either your desktop or mobile device. Then, log into Facebook with your account’s connected e-mail or username alongside your password.
Next, go to the drop-down arrow on the top right of your screen and select “Settings.” From there, you’ll want to change your privacy settings. Here you can choose who sees your posts, and even allow you to review others tagging you before they go live on your Facebook Timeline/homepage. Now that you know you can limit who on the internet can even access your personal information, it’s time to disable comments on your Facebook shares.
Keep in mind that if you want no one to comment on your posts, it’s possible by selecting the “Only Me” option. This way, only you can comment on your Facebook wall or posts.
Curating Your Content
You can control your comments in some way, however. To start, with your personal settings, you can turn off who can post on your timeline. To do this, go into your account settings, choose the “Who can post on your timeline?” option. Then, click the “Edit” button on the right-hand side to choose between “Friends” or “Only Me.” This will prevent any random posts on your timeline.
Also, you can adjust the “review post settings.” This part is also in the account settings page and forces any post made to your timeline into a pending period. Because of this, you can take the time to look over anything anyone tries to put onto your page, ensuring that you can curate an online look for yourself that works for you.
Finally, you can choose to hide comments with specific words. This setting is also on the account management page. You can hover over it, select “Edit,” and put in which words you want to limit from showing up on your page. Any comments made with these words will be automatically hidden from your timeline – a nice feature.
While none of these are official workarounds, they enable you more control over your Personal and Business pages than you had beforehand. Also, if you want to go all out, you can throw a ton of commonly used words into the “hide comments” section and prevent nearly every comment from showing up on your page.
How to Turn Off Comments on Facebook Groups
Facebook has thankfully created a way to turn off comments on Facebook pages and groups, but you need to be the group admin or the original poster to do so. Start by selecting group posts which you don’t want to receive comments, then click the three-dotted icon in the upper right-hand corner and select “Turn Off Comments.” Unfortunately, you still can’t turn off commenting entirely 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 your own 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.
Limiting Your Followers
It’s unfortunate that Facebook doesn’t provide more moderation options than these. Other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr deliver all sorts of different ways to prevent others from communicating with you. Social media should be all about the control it provides users regarding their privacy. When it fails in this, it fails its users significantly.
That said, limiting who you connect with on Facebook can help prevent any online issues as well. Try only friend requesting those you trust inherently. Make it so any posts to your timeline must be reviewed—giving you full control over main posts on the page. It will take up a little more of your time, but in doing so, you will have a perfectly curated page for yourself.
It’s also a little frustrating because people have been asking for the ability to disable Facebook comments for some time now. The Zuckerberg-led company just seems to keep ignoring these asks, ensuring that users are not getting what they wish, which is never a good thing for building a loyal following. Hopefully, Facebook will listen to these claims in the future.
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