If you have a public Instagram account or even if you have an account with huge number of followers you might have sometimes feel uncomfortable by Instagram comments that some users leave under your posts. In public Instagram accounts anyone can comment for posts whether to be the accounts follower or not. Well that is true that many Instagram comments can be supportive, but always there might be a few exceptions while it is Internet and we actually do not know who we are dealing with.
Fortunately there is a useful option that you can use it to limit Instagram comments. You can block individual users or groups of them from commenting under your Instagram shared content, by this you can control who can leave comments on your posts without blocking them out of your account and lose your followers. It is also possible to limit Instagram comments to hide inappropriate comments that contains offensive keywords. In this article we go through the details of Instagram comments and how to control them.
How to limit Instagram comments to people you follow or your followers?
It is possible to limit your Instagram account comments to specific groups of people. You can only allow people you follow or your follower leave comment for you. To do so follow the instruction step by step.
Step 1: Make sure you have installed the latest version of Instagram. Then go to the app, login to your account. On your profile tap the three line menu icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Tap the gear icon and enter the Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap “Comments” option on privacy and security part.
Step 4: Tap “Everyone” that is set by default, next to “Allow Comments From.”
Step 5: Tap the circle next to the option you’d like to select. You are able to choose three options: “People You Follow and Your Followers,” “People You Follow” and “Your Followers.”
There you can see how many people are included in each group. Remember that you can change these settings anytime you wish later.
In case you do so and you limit Instagram comments, limited accounts would face ‘comments on this post have been limited’ message if they try to leave any comment under your posts. The feature is a big help to fight harassment, offensive comments and cyber bullying.
How to block specific users to comment to your Instagram posts?
It happens sometimes that you do not want a specific account to be able to comment your posts, so you are able to block him from commenting without removing him from your followers.
Good news is that when you block comments from a specific user, the user will not be noticed and he will not be added to your block list. They also will be able to see and interact with your posts. The feature works in way that the user still would be able to add new comments to your posts, but only he will be able to see the new comments since you have blocked his comments. By the mean, if you block an account’s comments the owner would not know that you did so. Here is how to do it step by step.
Step 1: Tap your profile picture and enter your profile page.
Step 2: Tap the gear icon in the three line menu.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap “Comments” On privacy and security settings.
Step 4: Tap “0 People” next to “Block Comments From”. By default you have blocked 0 people from commenting under your posts, it means that any body can do it.
Step 5: On the appeared Search bar you can search for the Instagram username that you wish to block their comments under your posts.
Step 6: Tap “Block” next to the selected users to block their comments.
In case at any time in the future you ever wish to remove a user from your blocked commenters list, you can go through this instruction again and on the last step unblock the desired users to let them comment for your posts. After you do so they can comment on your posts and live videos any time they wish.
How to turn off commenting for specific posts?
You are able to completely turn off commenting for a post that nobody would be able to add comments for you. To do so in case you are creating a new post and you wish to turn off commenting at creation stage follow the steps bellow.
Step1: Install the latest version of Instagram and login to your account.
Step2: Tap on the + icon to add a new post.
Step3: Choose and existing photo or video or take a new one then tap next.
Step4: Go through decoration options and tap next again.
Step5: On the appeared screen under the sharing options tap on the “Advanced settings >”.
Step6: Toggle the Turn Off Commenting option.
To turn off commenting for an already posted content follow the steps bellow.
Step1: Choose a post that you wish to turn off the comments for it.
Step2: At the top right of the post tap on the three dot icon.
Step3: Tap on Turn Off Commenting.
You also can turn the post’s comments on by following this three steps.
How to limit Instagram comments I don’t want to appear on my posts?
Comments are filtered automatically by Instagram, this means that in case there be some comments that violate Instagram rules of using words, it would be filtered automatically. However you can control them and change this setting yourself too. To do so follow the steps bellow.
Step1: Update your Instagram app to the latest version. Go to your profile and tap the tree line menu icon.
Step2: Tap on Settings.
Step3: Scroll down and tap Comment Controls on privacy and security settings.
Step4: Tap next to Hide Offensive Comments to turn it on.
If you have the offensive comment filter turned on then you would be able to set a keyword filter to hide comments that contain specific words or even emoji. To do so after following this four steps tap next to Manual Filter to turn it on.
There you should enter specific words, phrases, numbers or emoji in the text box to filter the comments that contain your selected words and phrases. When you turn on comment filtering, the filtering would include newly add comments and existing ones both and as you turn off comment filtering, filtered comments on your posts will be restored and you would be able to see it since then.
According to Instagram help center default and custom keyword filtering are not currently available in all languages. Default Keywords are only available in certain languages and custom Keywords filtering does not support languages without spaces such as Chinese, Japanese, Thai etc. So it is a logical idea to make your own keyword list to limit Instagram comments for your own account considering your own language.
How Instagram filter spam comments with Artificial Intelligence?
The offensive comment filter was first launched in English, while other languages would be added gradually. Instagram use artificial intelligence to filter off inappropriate comments and spam at popular since 2017 to improve users comfort. The automatic Instagram filter is able to recognize and hide negative comments about a person’s appearance or character, or mental and physical health. To help users annoyed by comments Instagram has developed this filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video comments. According to Instagram the filter scanning for spam is designed to work in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Why I get an error when trying to add a comment for Instagram posts?
There are reports that some users have had the problem when they have been trying to add comments. In case you are not able to add a comment, first make sure that you are using the latest version of Instagram. Get out of the app and close it from background then enter again and try. If the problem is remained unsolved, you may be getting an error for another reason. Here is a list of possible reasons why you can not comment on Instagram.
- You can’t mention more than 5 accounts in a comment. The maximum number of included mentions is 5.
- You can’t hashtag more than 30 times in a comment. The maximum number of included hashtags is 30.
- You can’t leave the same comment multiple times even if it is emoji comment. This is to prevent spam Instagram comments.
How to turn off commenting for your Instagram live video?
Many users my want to turn off commenting on their Instagram live in order to control responses of their video or any other reasons. Here is how to do it step by step.
Step1: update your Instagram app to the latest version and tap on the camera icon.
Step2: Switch to record a live video on camera screen.
Step3: Tap Go Live when you are ready.
Step4: Click on the three dots just at the end of the comment box.
Step5: Select Turn off commenting.
You can turn it back on at any time among your live streaming by following the same steps. Remember that the filter keywords that you have created as mentioned earlier would also work on live video comments too.
How to Pin a Comment on your Instagram Live?
You can pin a received comment on your live while streaming it. You can also pin your own comment to let users that join in the middle of the live streaming know what the live video is about or any important message. To do so, there is a simple instruction you just need to tap on the desired comment and select Pin Comment. By this the selected comment will be pinned at the bottom of all the comments. Other comments will normally slide one over the other as usual. Remember that only one comment will be pinned at a particular moment so you can’t pin multiple comments.
In case you wish to unpin the comment from your live video tap on the x icon on the pinned comment or tap on the pinned comment and select Unpin Comment.
How to copy Instagram comments?
You can not copy Instagram comments and captions directly from the app. But there is trick in case you want to do it. Follow the simple instruction to do so.
Step1: Open the Instagram app and choose the post you want to copy a comment from it.
Step2: Tap the three dot Menu button.
Step3: Copy Share URL of the post.
Step4: Paste the URL on a browser app. There you can highlight and copy the caption or comments.
Frequent questions and answers about Instagram comments
Blocking someone on Instagram does not mean their comments will be removed from your photos and videos so you have to manually delete them.
The comments can contain around 240 characters.
This means that a person that has a public Instagram account, has limited specific group of people that can comment under his posts.
Under any Instagram post tap on view all comments that include the total number of comments under the post.
You only can edit your comments of your own post. Tap on the three dot icon at top of any of your posts and edit your caption.
To mention someone in a comment you should type @username. Remember not to include a space. When you mention someone in a comment, they would be notified in the Instagram activity feed.
Simply tap on the cloud icon next to the heart under any Instagram post and write your comment in the appeared text box. You can add emoji too. You comment would appear publicly under the post next to your Instagram username.
Choose any comment under any Instagram post that you find it annoying. Swipe left and tap on the circulated ! icon and report the comment. You should choose why you are reporting, is it spam or scam? Or you have found the comment’s content abusive?
If you like or agree with an Instagram comment you can express your feeling by liking it. Simply tap on the small heart next to any comment and turn it to red.
Choose any comment on any Instagram post, tap on it and swipe left. Then tap on the curved arrow to reply the comment. The user that you are replying to would get notification in activity feed.
On your own post you can delete any comment whether you have left it or any other user. To do so you should choose a comment and Swipe left over the comment if you are using IOS device or tap and hold the comment if you are using Android device and then tap the garbage icon. This would delete the comment and at the time there would be an undo option available.
Emoji and spam comments might be annoying while you are watching a live video, however unfortunately, it is not possible to hide them unless the live owner do it so.