Whenever you post something on social media, have you noticed how eagerly you wait to read other people’s comments on it? You might not open the likes section to check how many people have liked them, but comments deserve special attention, don’t they? It is because all of us enjoy reading nice things about ourselves, or about something that we’ve achieved, or whatever else the post is about.
This is why when someone writes something negative or derogatory in a comment, it can not just spoil your mood but also ruin your day.
Many users across different social media platforms have started turning off the comments on most of their posts. As of now, the Turn off commenting feature is being used most widely on Facebook and Instagram.
But obviously, it cannot be a solution for all users.
Do you also get annoyed when someone you know adds an irrelevant or thoughtless comment on your posts?
Your first instinct in such circumstances might be to delete these comments, but if the person who added it is someone you know in real life, the thought of what they will think of it might stop you from doing so. And it is only when you can’t delete a comment but don’t wish to see it either that the feature of hiding comments comes into play.
Stay with us till the end, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about hiding comments on Facebook, including how it’s done and undone.
Why Would You Want to Hide Someone’s Comment on Facebook?
Before we start talking about how you can hide someone’s comment on your post, let’s first talk about why.
Why would you want to hide this comment when you can delete it as well? Well, we all understand that it’s not always that simple.
Following are examples of instances where you’d prefer hiding a comment to deleting it:
1. When Someone Writes Something Hateful or Inappropriate
Suppose you post a picture of yourself on Facebook, and someone comments on it, saying how your dress is far too short to be wearing in public. Do you think it was appropriate for them to say that? Obviously not.
However, if this person is a distant relative, you wouldn’t want to bother with replying to them in kind either. So, how else can you diffuse this situation? By hiding their comment.
2. When Someone Promotes Their Own Agenda
You must’ve come across people who add irrelevant comments to random posts, such as these: “Open this link if you want to win iPhone 13.” or “Add me if you want to make money from working online!”
Nobody would want such comments on their posts. But when these comments come from a person you know in real life, you might feel weird about deleting their comment blatantly. So, why not hide them instead?
Now that we’ve gotten an idea of why you would want to hide a comment, let’s get down to talk about the real query.
How to Hide Someone’s Comment on Facebook
We’ve already blabbered on for too long. So, without any further ado, we’ll give you exactly what you were looking for. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to hide someone’s comment:
Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your smartphone or the web version of it on your browser.
Step 2: Tap on the Three Lines icon at the right of the screen and you will be redirected to the menu screen.
Step 3: Go to your timeline by clicking on your Profile Picture as shown in the below image.
Step 4: Navigate the post on which someone has made a problematic comment and tap on the Comments.
Step 5: When you view the comments made on this post, Long Press on the comment you want to hide.
Step 6: After that, a pop-up menu will appear in front of you, with five options on it: Reply, Copy, Hide Comment, Delete and Give feedback or report this comment
Step 7: The option you’re looking for is obviously the “Hide Comment“, so you’ll need to tap on it to hide this particular comment.
Step 8: As soon as you do it, you’ll notice how this comment has turned paler in comparison to all the other comments on the post display a message “This comment has been hidden” which means that it’s now hidden from others.
How Does Hiding Comment on Facebook Works?
Now that we’ve already provided you with a step-by-step guide to hide a comment on your post, let’s explain to you how it works. We understand that you wanted to hide this comment, but do you know who you’re hiding from? If you think that only you can see this comment from now onwards, you’re badly mistaken.
Hiding a comment on Facebook doesn’t make it disappear for everyone except you. Other than you, this comment will also be visible to the user who added it, as well as all the other users that they’re friends with.
In other words, a hidden Facebook comment will still be seen by its writer and all users who are a part of their network. While it might seem unfair to you at first, if you really think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
Suppose a person made a comment on your post, you hid it, and then, a couple of days later, in a conversation with a mutual friend, it comes up that no such comment is available on that post.
It would clearly imply that you’ve hidden their comment on your post. And if you had no problem telling them that, what was the point of hiding it in the first place? You could’ve deleted it then and there, right?
How to Unhide Comment on Facebook?
Now, you might be wondering if hiding a comment on Facebook is a permanent or a temporary action? Let’s solve your query by telling you that as opposed to deleting a comment (which is a permanent action), hiding it is obviously temporary.
So, if you want to unhide a comment that you had hidden in the past, doing it is equally simple. The first thing you need to do is go to that particular post and scroll through the list of comments on it.
Now, when you find that pale, hidden comment, you’ll also see the floating icon next to it; tap on it. The first option you’ll see upon tapping is Unhide comment; click on it, and the job is done. This comment will again be visible to everyone who sees your post on Facebook.