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This article was published on March 31, 2021

How to control who can comment on your Facebook posts

How to control who can comment on your Facebook posts
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

On Facebook, you can control if you want to make a post public, visible to friends, just yourself, or a specific set of friends. And now, a new feature lets you control who can comment on your public post — great for when you only want responses from friends and family, or if you just need to put something out there and don’t care to hear back.

Here’s how you can change the comment control on your public post:

  • Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  • Head to the post where you want to control comments.
  • Tap on the three-dot menu on the top-right of the post and select the “Who can comment on your post?” option.
  • Now, you can select Public, Friends, or Profile and Pages that you mentioned.
Controlling comments on your public Facebook post

Once you set this up, only the selected people or pages will be able to comment on your post.

This will ensure that strangers can’t comment on your certain post. Quite often, when a post goes viral, it can attract unwanted responses; the new comment control tool will restrict that to some extent.

The comment control feature is not new to social networks, and it’s surprising that it took Facebook a while to roll it out on the blue app. Instagram has multiple granular controls for commenting on posts and Stories. Last year, Twitter also rolled out a tool to limit replies to a specific tweet; you can check our guide on it here.

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