What Does Hiding a Comment on Facebook Actually Do? And How to Hide or Delete a Comment

how to hide or delete comment on facebook

The ability to “hide” a comment, as compared to deleting a comment, on Facebook has been around for a while, however Facebook users are still unsure of what it does. Does it hide it just so that you can’t see it? Does it hide it from all users? We explain, as well as explaining the difference between hiding a comment and deleting it.

First, in case you aren’t familiar with the options to hide or delete a comment on Facebook, you access those options by hovering over the three little dots next to the comment:


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This will cause these options to pop up:

how to hide or delete facebook comment

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Moreover, you can also hide comments by others on other people’s timelines (but you can’t delete them, you can only do that on your own timeline).

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So, what does hiding a comment actually do?

If you hide a comment on your own timeline, you will no longer see that comment or any replies to it. In general, your friends will no longer be able to see it either.

However, the person who posted the comment will still be able to see it, so they will have no idea that you hid it. Moreover, their friends will still be able to see it and reply to it. That means that any friends that you have in common will still be able to see that hidden comment (not realizing that it is hidden), as well as reply to it.

If you hide a comment on somebody else’s timeline, it will only be hidden from you, as will be any replies to that comment.

Basically, hiding a comment on somebody else’s timeline enables “out of sight, out of mind” for you only.

Hiding a comment on your own timeline enables “out of sight, out of mind” for you, and for any of your Facebook friends who are not also the Facebook friends of the person who posted the hidden comment.

Hiding a comment on your own timeline also stops notifications to you regarding that comment thread.

You can also ‘unhide’ a hidden comment – Facebook puts 3 dots as a placeholder where the comment was hidden, and mousing (trackpadding?) over those dots pops up the option to unhide it.

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how to unhide comment on Facebook

It also gives you the option to reply to the hidden comment.

Now, alternatively, you can delete a comment from your Facebook timeline. That completely removes it, and nobody will see it – not you, not your friends, not the person who posted the comment, and not their friends. BUT, the person who posted the comment will know that you deleted it. So will anybody who replied to their comment.

Each option has its merits, and its downsides, so it pays to take a moment or two to think about what you are trying to accomplish by hiding or deleting a comment.

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8 thoughts on “What Does Hiding a Comment on Facebook Actually Do? And How to Hide or Delete a Comment

  1. Here’s another common scenario that requires an answer, yet to date no one seems to be able to answer with certainty, even in Facebook Help:

    If you’re in a Facebook group and create a thread/post asking a question or sharing information helpful to that group’s members. Then, in true FBG form, some members repeatedly go completely off topic, littering the thread with unrelated clutter that dilutes its original intent and value. As the creator of a thread/post, although I’m not the group’s admin, what happens to any frivolous comment (and replies to it) when I opt to “Hide” it?

  2. Even more bizzare. I left a comment on a friends post, that they seemed to like, and then my comment was hidden…from me…I thought that was weird. I was also given the option to unhide it. How does that even make sense. I can’t hide my own comment on someone else’s post, and why would facebook let me unhide it, if somehow someone else hid it? Why would they even want me to know????

  3. Hide comment stopped working for me as well. It just greys it out, but you can still see the comment. That’s totally irritating. Windows 10, Firefox.

    1. same for me. you can still see it grayed out. How do I get it to disappear like it used to?

    2. No one but you can see what’s in gray. Invisible to everyone else- except the writer and their friends.

  4. Hide Comment stopped working for me a few weeks ago – I hide a lot of other members animated GIFs posts- used to completely hide – now, just “greys out” the GIF, but its still playing ….
    Windows 10, newer laptop, Chrome or Brave browsers ,
    thanks for any help

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