Some Facebook page managers would like to disable the ability to comment on posts on their page, but Facebook does not offer an official documented method for disabling comments on Facebook pages.
Facebook pages with large followers can become chaotic, taking up a lot of admin time moderating comments. Although disabling comments is not an official feature, here is a solution that allows you to effectively disable comments on your Facebook page:
Disabling comments on a Facebook page is not something you can do by checking a box, but you can easily hide comments. If you hide all comments, then you have effectively disabled comments on your page.
Facebook does not have such a built-in feature or a “hide all comments” option, although there is a solution to this common problem.
As a page administrator, you can filter certain words from appearing in comments. It involves the use of a filter, commonly used to filter profanity or hate speech.
The beauty of this feature is that you can add any word to the spam word list, including, for example, some of the most common words that a potential commenter would have to use. For example, you can add these common words to your filter list, such as “the”. I’ll provide a longer list of words to filter in the Tips and Tricks section of this article and some ideas on how to make your filter list pretty comprehensive.
If you do, it is very likely that not many comments will appear on your Facebook page. Add a list of common words to your filters and you’ve effectively turned off comments.
Facebook doesn’t limit the number of words you can add to the list, so add all the common words you can find (some ideas in the Tips and Tricks section) and profanities using words from a profanity filter list. Once you are happy with the words you have added, this is what happens.
Comments containing any of the banned words will appear as ‘…’ to you and your Facebook page visitors. The people who posted the comments can still see their own comments, so they don’t know that your page is hiding their comments.
This is useful for two reasons. For one thing, using just a few common words allows you to hide most incoming comments, although you probably want to spend a little time creating a longer list of words for your filter.
Second, this function hides the full comments. Racial slurs or hate speech can still hold their meaning if only a few curse words are hidden, but you won’t have to worry about that if you use the filter.
If you want to read the comment, you can click on the message ‘…’ and read the original text. You’ll also have the option to allow or hide it from public view, giving you quite a bit of control over what appears on your Facebook page.
How to use the filter
From your Facebook page, you need to locate the Settings page.
2. Moderation of the page
From there, go to the General tab. Next, find the section titled Page Moderation. Click the Edit link.
3. Keyword list
A box will appear that should already contain some forbidden words. If not, that’s fine. You will soon add your own.
This is where you can start adding words to the banned list. You can type them in or upload a .txt file that contains the words you want to hide.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantage of using the filter to disable comments is that you can keep your page clean and uncontroversial.
The downside is that this disables almost all incoming comments if you have a large keyword list. You can’t disable comments only for specific posts. You will have to read the comments one after the other to decide which ones you want to show.
Another minor drawback is that the filter doesn’t work for Facebook groups or personal profile pages.
Tips and tricks
Now, you may be wondering what kind of words to use. If you want to make sure no comments are displayed, just add the most popular or commonly used words. Please note that Facebook will not translate them for you.
So while you can add half the Oxford dictionary, comments written in foreign languages are likely to keep popping up. If you are running a business page, you can filter to certain regions that may prevent the ability to bypass the language.
Here are some words that you should definitely think of using in the filter: the, of, and, in, is, that, not, but, use, he, she, if, etc.
The list is not case-sensitive, so you don’t have to bother to cover up the first letter of names, countries, etc. Focus on what people use most often when writing. Also, don’t forget to add some commonly used abbreviations.
If you want to spend as little time as possible doing this, you should use pre-made lists of commonly used words. You can do a web search and quickly find a list of the most common words to add to your list to make it more comprehensive.
Copying some popular profanity filters is also a good idea if you want to be thorough. Don’t trust Facebook’s built-in profanity filter as there are plenty of smart people who can find a way around it with slightly misspelled profane words.
Control who comments
Another option that is available to you is the ability to block, remove, or remove spam comments from your posts. If you want to prevent a specific account from commenting, you can too.
If you’ve ever used Facebook, you’re probably familiar with account blocking. You can take extra steps to make sure someone doesn’t comment on your posts. Facebook posts give the option to hide comments once they are posted by clicking on the three horizontal dots next to the comment.
Hide posts from people
When you post something on Facebook, you will have the option to share that content with anyone in the world, the ‘Settings’ allows you to change from Everyone to Friends. The actual post itself gives you the option to choose specific friends to share or specific friends to hide your posts.
To hide posts:
- Click on “What do you have in mind?” cash register.
- Touch “Friends” at the top left of the box to bring up a menu.
- Select ‘Friends except’
- Write down the profile names of the people you would like to avoid.
Your post privacy will remain with these settings until you change them. Not only does this prevent certain people from commenting, but it also prevents people from seeing what you post without having to stop being friends.