How to Block a Friend From Commenting on Facebook Posts

Updated on May 2, 2016

If you have that one friend on Facebook that is always leaving you weird comments, spamming your posts, or leaving just plain rude comments, it is possible to still allow them to be your friend while preventing them from commenting on any of your posts. Facebook is well known for its social interaction and allowing many people to communicate back and forth in an open medium. However, sometimes we befriend someone who just can't seem to ever say anything nice. And because of the "social rules" of Facebook, sometimes we friend people who aren't "really" our friends. If that's the case, it is possible to allow that person to see everything on Facebook like normal, view wall posts and pictures, and even chat, but still prevent them from leaving a comment.

The Setting Used

In order to execute this very specific, but oft-requested control, you must locate the one setting used to control who can comment on your posts. Go to Facebook, click on "Account Settings," and select "Privacy Settings." On this page, click the "customize settings" link near the bottom as shown here:

Now, scroll down and look for the heading "Things I share." Next to it, you will notice some sub-categories. Look for "Can comment on posts. Includes status updates, friends' Wall posts, and photos."

Select the drop-down menu next to it and then select "Custom."

(Note: your screen may look different, depending on your privacy settings. The drop down menu may currently say "Only Friends" or "Everyone." It doesn't matter, just click it and select "Custom.")

On the screen that appears you will notice some finer controls:

Under "Hide this from," type in the name of any of your friends that you want to prevent from commenting on your posts. Remember that they will still be able to see the post, just not comment on it. When you're finished save the setting and return to Facebook. You can add as many or few people as you wish to that screen and edit it at any time. The people you added will now be blocked from commenting on any of your posts (including pictures).


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        saif ullah alam 

        14 months ago

        nice

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        Endy 

        19 months ago

        I had to deleted my FB account bc my stalker blocked me from communication with my friends via what's on ur mind and messenger

        Blocked from commenting, liking and posting anything to my FB page and btw getting reports from them saying at my friends r pretending to be me (riddence)

        Now bc of this I can't have FB or messenger

        My stalker is stealing my and my friends ID you better do something about it they goes by the name maria tort/toth

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        Deb 

        2 years ago

        Not current

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        Look 

        2 years ago

        Look talk sports and fitness

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        Teena LeClair 

        2 years ago

        My best friend is starting to annoy me, I am a administrator on a few pages & I have close to 2000 like pages my friend is starting to become a stalker if you think about it, everything I conment on she is right behind commenting & liking the pages is there any other way to hide my comments from her with out blocking her....

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        Dawn shepherd 

        3 years ago

        Unfortunately, android doesn't offer this option.

        I'm having the same problem.....

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        NO The 

        3 years ago

        Maximum Loan

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        Musa 

        5 years ago

        I have tried to look for customize but i cn't find it anyway in the face book

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        Nathan 

        5 years ago

        This isn't how Facebook's privacy settings work. There is no "customize settings."

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        Jay 

        5 years ago

        The only thing I can find close to this in the New settings is changing the audience of your post. When your on the computer (I couldn't access this from my phone) and you click the status box like you are going to update it, in the bottom corner of that section there is a button that allows you to customize who sees your post. It has an option to select certain people to hide the post from. It will hold those settings and hide all your future post from those people. This will not only keep them from commenting but not allow them to see your post at all.

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        sahar 

        5 years ago

        hello,

        this information don't fit the new facebook timeline... can u please explain how can i prevent certain friend to comment on things that i post.. according to the new settings of facebook now?

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        Mrinal Saha 

        6 years ago from Jaipur,India

        I don't think this option are still there, or may be i wasn't able to find it..???

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        articuno 

        6 years ago

        ben, thank you so much man, i spent too much time to learn it.

        I also want to give some info about ben's solution. When someone is in your restricted list note that the comment or post you've made should be visible to "public" to make that person to see it but not able to comment on it. Otherwise the post can not be seen by the person who you are trying to disable him/her to comment on it.

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        Debbie 

        6 years ago

        I blocked someone from commenting when Facebook didn't have Timeline, and now, I don't really want it to restrict this person anymore, and every time I "View as _____", it shows she can't comment on my statuses..even though none of my settings restrict her anymore. Is there some way you can help?

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        ben 

        6 years ago

        can be done from here:

        Privacy Settings / Blocked People and Apps / Manage Blocking/ Add friends to your Restricted list -

        or

        Privacy Settings / Custom (large setting button on the right) / Hide this from -

        [which is the Custom Privacy window posted last in the article]

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        Anna 

        6 years ago

        how can I do this now that facebook has changed due to this timeline thing?

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        alex 

        7 years ago

        I have the same problem with u guys, I keep writing on Facebook but don't want others to comment... I hate when I post something decent and someone comes and comment my status..... I start to hate Facebook and using Twitter more often.. I'm very dissapointed :(

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        randeee 

        7 years ago

        Randall Hodge best! comment ever about this matter

        i agree with you at 100%

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        nino 

        7 years ago

        not helpful i wonder how to block comments under my posts walls ?

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        feyza 

        7 years ago

        I had this setting on and successfully prevented some people from seeing or liking my posts. now I'd like to change that and I can't seem to do it in new facebook. even when I say "friends" or "public" can see my wall posts, it just doesn't work for those people. HELP!

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        FonOnFire1987 

        7 years ago

        This must be for the original facebook, how do u do this on the Timeline???

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        Mark 

        7 years ago

        Yes it is sad but true that just like in person, people don't know when to keep their mouths shut. Anyone have a cousin from somewhere rural? That's why we need this feature back. In their circle it may be socially acceptable to sling racially insensitive or bigoted remarks around with their friends on facebook.Anyone have a right wing fundamentalist uncle who is so closed minded it's amazing that his head doesn't implode? Yah I still want to see my family and their photos and know how they are, I just don't want them to make asses of themselves at my expense.

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        Jeff 

        7 years ago

        Steve - Sometimes you want to have the friend but some people just don't have very good judgement about what to post publicly. Private messages are fine with these people but you don't want to wonder just what and when they are going to post something inappropriate next. This is for those people. Not everyone is perfect I guess.

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        steve 

        7 years ago

        Randall... if they are your friend, maybe you should listen to what they say. If not, why are you friending them? I suspect this is because... you should listen to what they say.

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        Randall Hodge 

        7 years ago

        Most of us have friends who leave comments that are embarrassingly lame, stupid, inappropriate (dropping the eff bomb, for example), or that simply don't fit with the comment thread. One year at Christmas, I posted a portrait of the Virgin Mary, with good wishes for the Holy Season.

        One of my atheist homosexual friends felt compelled to post something sacrilegious about faith, sex, and sex with the Mother of God. It was unspeakably offensive. At that time I was able to block him from commenting on my posts. Not any longer.

        I hate to unfriend these people, as that can be rude or meaner than I want to be. I have business relationships with some. Before facebook screwed things up (again) most recently, we could adjust the settings so certain people couldn't comment or post on our wall.

        Naturally, facebook removed that simple option, and now it is so complicated I can't keep it straight. One must split people into all these lists, or groups, and then remember who is in what list or group. Further, the "who can see this" option is not usually available when posting from a mobile device.

        So now, for example, when I post about a serious date, such as 911, or the death of a notable person, I can be sure some attention starved dickhead will leave a post that adds nothing, and is completely inappropriate. This happened on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. On the 10th anniversary of 911, someone posted "Free Noriega"! Perfect place for the dumbest comment in the history of the social network!

        Facebook will eventually destroy itself. In less than a year's time, it went from a social site where there were tons of things to do, read, and check out, to a pasted up bunch of shite, the most infamous of which is that moronic scroll in the upper right hand corner. It is hard to follow, read, or interact with the scroll. Now there is little to do, other than check for lame comments some fool (who thinks he is both witty and clever) might have left.

        Thankfully, facebook hasn't yet ruined my personal profile page. I have seen those that have been revised, though, and it is a nightmarish and Rube Goldberg conglomeration of junk that looks like a middle school student made a poster for a contest (and lost).

        Want to know where the action is? Twitter. Always something to read, see, check out, do and/or comment on. Twitter doesn't continually eff up the site with changes and "improvements" our users demanded.

        I suspect facebook hired too many people who have too little to do. Someone somewhere has conducted "studies" about what people want to see on facebook. Yet they are almost always wrong.

        In any case, they ruined it this time. I rarely log in to facebook, but I'm always on Twitter. There is but one thing on which we can all bet the farm: Facebook NEVER responds to user complaints, petitions or whines. When they change something, it is forever effed up.

        Sad really, and I hope there'll be competition soon.

        And yes, I must be on speed to write so much about such an insignificant matter.

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        boo 

        7 years ago

        i want that person to see but not allow him to further comment. how do i do that?

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        Wissa Ghali 

        7 years ago

        Well, when you post a comment on your page, there is a tab below the text so you can choose who to prevent from participating in your status, etc,... it works for me.

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        jill 

        7 years ago

        I am in an open group and want to stop someone in that gropu seeing my comments. They are not on my friend list but how can I stop them seeing my comments to other members?

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        Can't comment. 

        7 years ago

        i can't comment on any post? every time i try to comment ... i get this message : "Sorry, you are blocked from leaving comments due to continued overuse of this feature." any help ??? plz....

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        curtis 

        7 years ago

        yeah i still cant keep my friends from commenting when i don't want them to. i have no "custom setting"--i have selected for "who can post on my wall"--but friends still manage to comment on my posts when i don't want them to. WHY

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        SAM 

        7 years ago

        What about for the new facebook?

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        oshutup:/ 

        7 years ago

        facebook's privacy settings page has been amended....

        so how do i deal with this...

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        Zane 

        7 years ago

        Where is the privacy

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Just like the youth internet push for Obama, Arab spring - even Occupy Wall Street - the youth will eventually have had enough of facebook's antics - facebook will become uncool - and like 'Dom' says, a movement will arise, change to a new social network, those who run facebook will be too far up their own arses to realize what's happening and facebook will slowly die like myspace.

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        Dom 

        7 years ago

        Facebook scrapped this option and of course told no one. I can't wait till a new social network which honors privacy emerges and all authoritarian egomaniacs at facebook find their company worthless as everyone's moved.

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        why??? 

        7 years ago

        does anyone know how to do this in NEW FB ?

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        Nish 

        7 years ago

        Now this what I'm talking abuot... new facebook doesn't let you do that. :(

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        sam 

        7 years ago

        doesn't work anymore - are there any other solutions?

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        Tinamb 

        7 years ago

        Thanks! This is very useful information! I thought the only way was to "block" someone I had no idea you could do all this!

        Do you know if you are tagged yourself in a picture that someone who is blocked from you has on their page, would it then be removed from that person's page?

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        RaZV 

        7 years ago

        these changes are very stupid, because if you have disabled a person to like or comment on your posts, now you cannot reverse these settings.

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        john 

        7 years ago

        damn what a pain in the ass! just had a bunch of spam posts on my status while i was at work. i want every1 to read my posts but don't want embarrassing comments from people like my mum lol. wish facebook would stop changing stuff. i cant find a way to block certain people from writing stuff now

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        hello 

        7 years ago

        how do you stop people liking your posts? how? stupid setting changes.

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        wawa 

        7 years ago

        Permission to comment on your posts

        This setting is being removed so that instead of having a separate setting for who can see your post and who can comment on it, now these are both controlled at the same time using your inline controls. You can always remove comments from your posts or change the audience for the post after you post it.

        Source: http://www.facebook.com/about/details/

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        wawa 

        7 years ago

        I agree. I badly need it too. This has been disabled from what I can see.

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        aaron 

        7 years ago

        CAN U PLEASEEEEEEEEE put up more pics with the new facebook, the setting all look different

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        Shivam 

        8 years ago

        Very helpful post . . .thanks a ton!

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        Pao 

        8 years ago

        This is exactly what I need! Thank you so much!

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        Maddie 

        8 years ago

        Thank you SO much. Seriously. I thought I would have to delete an annoying friend and deal with the backlash until I found this page. A thousand thank yous :)

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        Phil 

        8 years ago

        How do I stop people commenting on my posts on my community/group page?

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        xnotion 

        8 years ago

        Hi Blaster,

        No the person is not notified. They simply will not see a comment box under your posts, so there will be nowhere for them to type.

        Sharon,

        Yes, the nosey friend can see that unless your mutual friend has blocked him or her.

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        sharon 

        8 years ago

        so say if i have a mutual friend with my nosey friend and i commentt on the mutual friends page can my nosey friend see the comment i left on that person wa;;

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        blaster 

        8 years ago

        does the person who has been blocked get a message to say that they have been blocked? Or does it just not show up as an option for them to comment/ like? I hate the "like" feature, some people just click that they like everything, then your notifications get filled up, so annoying,

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        Newbie 

        8 years ago

        What if out of 250 friends you have only a couple who make rude/crude comments on your wall and you want to see them but don't want anyone else to see them? Can you keep their comments hidden from everyone but yourself?

        Thank you!

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        xnotion 

        8 years ago

        This is under "Things others share." Thanks for the feedback!

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        Delia2010 

        8 years ago

        Very helpful! thanks but is it under "things I share" or "Things other shares"?

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