Disable Facebook comments on a Facebook Page

Do you want to restrict people from commenting on your Facebook Page? While it’s not obvious, you can disable Facebook comments.

No settings, no problem

While there doesn’t seem to be a way to disable Facebook comments, it can be done in just a few steps. You just have to know where to look.

Instead of wandering around through the settings menu, we’ve compiled a list of instructions to help you disable Facebook comments.

Note: this works for Facebook Pages and needs to be setup on the desktop version of Facebook.

How to disable Facebook comments on a Facebook Page

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Step 1: Download the following list of keywords.

Download the Facebook comments keyword list  
Step 2: Go to your Facebook Page

Step 3: Click on Edit Page > Update page info.

Edit Facebook Page

The menu to edit your Facebook Page settings.

Step 4: Under Settings > Page moderation, select Edit

Facebook Page settings

View of the Facebook Page settings menu.

Within the page moderation tool, copy and paste the list of keywords that you downloaded into the Page Moderation section. Hit save.

How to disable Facebook comments

List of blocked keywords using the Facebook Page moderation tool.

 

Now when someone goes to leave a comment on your Facebook Page, all comments will be blocked.

View of disabled Facebook comments

Example of a Facebook Page with comments disabled.

To view comments on a post, simply click the … and you will be able to see all of the disabled Facebook comments.

Wrap-up on disabled Facebook comments

Although it isn’t very obvious to disable Facebook comments, it gets the job done quickly.

For those of you who want to go a step further, you can also block Facebook Pages completely.

This won’t allow another page to interact with your Facebook Page.

While I personally allow comments on my Facebook Page, I want to hear from you.

What are some of the reasons why you want to disable Facebook comments on your Facebook Page? Leave a comment below with your answer.

  • Avery

    I don’t want anyone commenting on my business page that would upset the parents already involved with the program!

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Avery, at the moment, Facebook doesn’t offer an option to completely turn-off the commenting feature on a Facebook Page. You would need to use the tutorial mentioned above to disable Facebook comments on your Facebook Page. This will still allow fans to comment – they just won’t be displayed for other fans to see. The admin of the page will be the only one who can see them.

      • lara

        i think you wrong i see some of fans hide comments button completely, but i don’t know how !!!!!!!!!!!!11

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @disqus_TE3InqQY25:disqus, on a page, the page can disable commenting. On a profile, you can’t. The only way this can be setup is if you restrict commenting to friends. This way users will only see like and share, but no comment option. Not exactly disabling comments.

  • Richard

    where is the keywords list i couldnt download it 🙁

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_ACb9KnFBBv:disqus, try download it here: http://bit.ly/1bJCmvm. You may need to right-click and select Save as…

      • Richard

        Got it Chris, thanks for ur support.. 🙂

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @disqus_ACb9KnFBBv:disqus can you tell me if you see the link now on the blog post? It should be working now.

  • Moc PY MrPage

    But I can “approve” comments by unhiding them, right? i.e. I can use this to moderate comments before they can be seen by others…

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @mocpymrpage:disqus correct. You should be able to use this to moderate Facebook comments.

  • ticribbs

    I cannot get this to work on my Facebook page. I work for an Association and we have elections going on and we want to limit the campaigning that goes on via our Facebook page.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @ticribbs:disqus, it should work. Did you follow exactly what I did in my video?

  • ticribbs

    Hi Christian, I got it. Just an fyi, it didn’t work in the Opera browser, I had to do it in Chrome.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @ticribbs:disqus glad to hear you were able to get it working. Thanks for the feedback about the Opera browser. Good to know!

      Christian

  • concernedDad

    Christian, does this work if I include a friend’s name as the only keyword? Will it block their posts and comments on my timeline? I dont want to unfriend or block this person. They could cause a scene for my whole family. Rather, I just want to disable their ability to comment on my posts and wall.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_mVlQoh2195:disqus, these instructions are for Facebook Pages. The only way you can disable commenting on Facebook is to set it where everything is only available to you – this reduces the purpose of using Facebook – to connect with people. Right now, there isn’t an individual setting to block just certain people from commenting – you can either block them from seeing the post entirely or restrict the post to certain people, but not show them the post and just restrict them from commenting.

      • Conservative Mom

        If this is so, how am I no longer able to comment on a certain business page I liked? When the page posts new items, there are lots of comments, but there is no comment box for me. Also, I can’t like or share their post either. I wasn’t banned from the page, but I can’t comment. (Kind of weird because I’ve never left anything bad on that page). How did they do this? I might want this option for my page! Thanks!

        • Conservative Mom

          Sorry, I can “share” their post, just not like…furthermore, I can’t like any of the comments that have been made by others on the post either.

      • Conservative Mom

        Also, I no longer see a page moderation option with the new facebook pages. Is there still a way to do this?

        • Conersvative Mom

          nevermind…found it 🙂

          • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

            Glad you got it figured out. What setting did you end up needing to change on your own page?

  • Delph

    Thank you Christian, but neither the video nor the link to download the list does not work…

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_otmGcy9AKG:disqus please check again. It seems like there is an issue on your end. Playing the video now and the link to the list of keywords works.

      To get the keyword list, you need to either tweet, like or +1 first. The keyword list will appear afterwards.

      Christian

      • Delph

        Than you again Christian! I tried again and finally managed! maybe the problem was that I did not like with the same account.

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          Glad to hear @disqus_otmGcy9AKG:disqus. It could have just been another Facebook bug – they happen from time-to-time.

  • MMK

    Thank you for this tutorial. I need to block comments on our school PTA page. We want to be sure it does not turn into a catty mess of negativity, so we would prefer to only allow people to like posts. We use our page to reach out to a lot of local businesses for support, so it would work against us if someone can post a negative comment about the companies supporting us. We do not feel our page is the appropriate place to mention such opinions.

    • MMK

      So, I followed all the instructions and tested it out with a new post. I had someone post a comment, and the comment shows. I even logged in as my husband (since he is not an admin of the page) to check it out. I could still view the comment. It’s not hidden.

      • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

        Can you send me a link to your page? They definitely should not be showing if you’ve done it right (for non-admins). Admins will still see them and can moderate.

        http://www.christiankonline.com/contact

  • babieblues15

    Hi Christian, I am working with a church and they really don’t want any disgruntled member being able to post any sort of derogatory comment on their Facebook page. Hence the reason to shut off the comments.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Hi. Unfortunately, that’s not something Facebook really wants you to do as it takes away the purpose of being social. You can use this tutorial to turn them off.

      Did you try the instructions I provided to disable comments on the Facebook Page? How did it go?

      One other thing about comments. Remember, just because you disable them you should still have someone who is dedicated to managing the page and checking it regularly to remove other things that might be considered offensive or inappropriate.

  • GuestGuy

    Great idea since Facebook will not allow disabling of comments completely; however, this will not work for me as I need to disable comments on a Facebook page in Spanish. This is an English-only solution. I suppose I could translate all those keywords to Spanish and do the same thing.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      It would require a little extra work, but I think that would work for you to disable Facebook comments in Spanish.

  • אבזם

    How do you do this with the new fb interface? And this only works for English, but much spam is Turkish and Arabic and all kinds of crap.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      The process should be very similar. Go to Settings > General and you should see page moderation.

      For other languages, you would just need to add those words to the list I provided above.]

      Christian

  • ojb

    Hello, and thank you for the great tip! But, unfortunately, I cannot download the key words. Facebook “Like” button is not woking on this page …. it opens up, like a door, but nothing happens. I use Safari. I tried it with Chrome, but the buttons are not even showing on it. Do you have any idea to try? Thanks ….

    Well … I post some information some people may not like, revealing some truth, and get too many cursing and degrading comments. It is a social media, but I do not think cursing and calling a stranger “stupid” and “ignorant” is part of it … so I need to block them in order to keep it civil.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Can you try it again? It should work. I just tested it in Chrome and Safari.

      Make sure when you hover over the button, you then click the like button – there are essentially two clicks.

  • Brian

    Great tips. The problem I’m having is when I hide some comments on my FB business page I find them to be viewable still on my Android phone. Seeing how the world is more mobile my efforts may be futile. Any thoughts on this matter. Hence, this is why I’m not wanting comments enabled at this time. Thanks.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_0fpocof11T:disqus, if you’re an admin on the page, you will still see the comments. As for mobile, are you using an app or the browser on Android? I suspect they may not have carried this feature over into all aspects of Facebook – desktop, mobile (mobile browser, Facebook app, Page Manager app).

      • Brian

        I’ve used Fb app, mobile Android browser and Page manager app and they all show me the comments but I recently noticed that the peoples names are in grey instead of a bold black color so I’m assuming it’s just showing me everything and not everyone else.

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @disqus_0fpocof11T:disqus,correct. Since you are an admin, you would see everyone.

  • Lori

    Hi Christian! Thanks for the tip. I am also managing/adminstering a fb page for our school PTA and we don’t want people to be able to comment on anything. I copied your list of words and pasted them in the page moderation section and saved it. Comments are still able to post – I asked someone who is not an admin to try and they said they could. Is there something you think I am doing wrong?
    Thanks.

  • Laura

    Hi, I just did all the steps but I didn’t work. I still see all the comments even entering with another Facebook account. Do you thinks that it is that the comments that I am trying to block
    are in spanish??

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Laura, yes. You would need to enter the words in their respective language to block them.

  • proudtobesone

    where is the edit page

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Go to your Facebook Page. Look for the settings menu above the timeline cover photo.

      • Bill

        There aren’t any settings above my timeline photo!

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  • Laura

    I’ve tried sharing via Twitter twice now (deleted the first tweet) to gain access to the keyword list, with no success… thoughts?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Sorry to hear you’re having issues getting the file. I tested it and it worked.

      I’m happy to send it to you. Can you send me a message?

      http://www.christiankonline.com/contact


      Christian

      • Dystyni Hayes

        I also can’t Copy the keyword list. Any idea why . Could it because I’m doing it from my iPhone?

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @dystynihayes:disqus, that’s very possible. You should always try to work off of a desktop as mobile devices don’t always include the same functionality.

  • augustin

    I did all the things you told. Gave your keywords in the page moderation of my facebook page. But it still shows the comments why

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Can you send me a link to your post you made that should have a blocked comment?

  • jenni

    Hi – I’ve found that it worked as you said but when I tested the person who wrote the comment and their friends can still see the comment. Have you any fixes for this?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      It should work without any issues. Can you send me a link to the page so that I can test it on a post? Also, if you’re an admin, you will see the comments.

      • Holly Pennington

        I also am having this problem. I have had someone leave a test comment on a photo and although for me I can only see … their friends can still see their comment. Any solutions to this? Many thanks

      • jessica

        The comments still show on the individual’s page who made the comment but not on the page you have the block on. This doesn’t work at all for the mobile version. Any way to have this workaround apply to the mobile version? People who comment on PC get blocked, people who comment on mobile don’t. Thanks!

  • Mike

    Hi Christian, I am operating a Police Department page and at the direction of our Law Director, we are not permitting comments. I am unable to find a “page moderation” anywhere in my settings. Any suggestions? – Thanks, Mike

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Mike, thanks for reaching out. Try looking under Settings > General on your Facebook Page. If you don’t see this on your page, let me know what admin role you have and the category.


      Christian

  • Wayne

    Hi Christian, two questions:
    1. When a comment is hidden from this method, does the commenter see their comment or is it also hidden from them? How about from their friends? I know that when you hide a comment manually, friends of the commenter can still see it, but it’s just grayed out.
    2. Does this work for photo posts? I read around and some people are saying you can still comment on photos posted to the page.

    Thank you.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      1. The commenter does not see their comment – only the page admin can see it.
      2. Not that I’m aware of. You could try blocking certain types of URL’s. It probably needs an exact match though.

      If I hear of a work-around, I’ll let you know.

  • Wayne

    Another question. I know that people can also link to photos in the comment field as well as type and the photos show up as a thumbnail. This seems to be a way to circumvent this method. Any ideas of blocking photos too?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Not that I’m aware of. I think you could potentially block something like that in Facebook comments by including a part of the URL? For example, deconstruct it.

  • asdf

    link is crap

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Which link wasn’t working for you? It should work just fine.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Try it again. It should be working.

  • Hardik Nagar

    Hello Christian,

    I just want to disable photo comments from the page and continue to allow the text comments. Any solution?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @hardik_nagar:disqus, there isn’t a way to disable photo comments and allow text comments. If I hear of something, I’ll let you know.

      • Hardik Nagar

        Yet many pages have been doing it. Including one of the most popular page i.e. Humans of New York.

        Please do try and find out how. Would be a favor! Thank you. 🙂

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          @hardik_nagar:disqus, can you send me a link to their Facebook Page where they have been disabled? Thanks!

  • Thaise de Moraes

    Hello, Christian! I can’t figure out how disable comments in my fan page. I live in Brazil, so do you think this code could work for my country? Or, maybe if I change the language? Can you help me with that? Thanks a lot! Thaise

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @thaisedemoraes:disqus, it should work. What language is your page in? If it’s not in English, you would need to add those specific keywords to your list in the right language in order to disable comments on your page.

  • Bill

    Hi Christian, I cannot find “page settings” at all. Where is it? It looks nothing like yours.

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      The settings menu moved to the right next to the help menu. This is above your cover photo.

      • Ari

        it didn’t work for me..

  • ConnectTheDots

    Hi Christian, I am just jumping on this band wagon now =) We have a purely educational site and don’t want back and forth banter or drama on our posts/pictures. I sure wish by now that FB would have created an on/off switch for this! Anyways, I went and downloaded your keywords list and plugged it in to the appropriate area with in the settings. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. I had a friend who is not an admin or affiliated with the page try it, and still a no go. I thought that I may have heard somewhere that it takes 24 hours to take affect, is that true?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_YC0QHMKIjS:disqus, it should work. In my experience both personally and in working with clients, it typically happens immediately on your page. You may need to logout and back in as well.

  • Gary Johnson

    Hi Christian. I have a page that is being abused by a rival group who only want to discredit us. When I ban them for inappropriate comments, they simply open another facebook account under a bogus name and continue their assaults. I don’t want to restrict everyone’s comments, but I will if I have to. Suggestions?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      There isn’t much you can do really if they keep opening new Facebook accounts since that creates a new user each time.

  • jessica

    This works when people comment from computer but doesn’t work if they comment from mobile app? Any way to do this on mobile?

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Some of the mobile features don’t work the same. Disabling Facebook comments should though. You may want to delete the keywords and then re-enter them. If you haven’t logged out of Facebook on your mobile device in a while, you might try that as well.

  • David

    This may have worked back when it was made, but these options don’t exist in the various pull-downs and pages on Facebook now in November 2016

  • Yuke

    Hi, Christian! Somebody has been harassing my FB business page with porn pictures, and my friend told me about your method. It’s been working out for my friend having the same problem, so I’m hoping this will work for me!!!!

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      Hope this method has worked for you!