How to Limit Comments on TikTok?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Limit Comments on TikTok?

Are you trying to limit the comments on TikTok and stop users from posting salty comments on your content?

This guide will teach you how to control your comment section on TikTok. There are multiple ways you can do this, including:

  1. Disable the comments before or after you post the video
  2. Limit the comments using specific keywords
  3. Review and approve comments individually
  4. Use the default Spam Filter

Some of these solutions are better than others if you don’t want to offend your audience. Disabling the comments, for instance, may distance your viewers from your content.

Reviewing and approving individual comments is more seamless, though. Keep reading to find out how you can limit comments on TikTok!

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How to Limit Comments on TikTok?

Disable the Comments Before or After You Post a Video

The simplest solution to avoid salty and offensive comments are to disable comments on your TikTok video.

Depending on your situation, you can do this before or after posting the video. You can still disable further comments if you’ve already posted the video!

Below, I’ve included a step-by-step guide on disabling TikTok comments in both situations – before and after you post the video.

Before Posting the Video

Follow the steps below to disable comments on a TikTok video before you post it:

1. Tap on the “Post” button

Tap on the "Post" button
Tap on the “Post” button

First, tap on the “Post” button to start posting something. When you open TikTok, look at the bottom of the screen.

That’s where you’ll find the “Post” button, between the “Friends” and “Inbox” buttons.

2. Start shooting a video

Start shooting a video
Start shooting a video

On this screen, you’ll want to shoot the video you want to post. Tap on the big red button at the bottom of the screen to do this.

Alternatively, you can select a pre-made video from the “Upload” icon. Once you select the video, move to the next step!

3. Tap on “Privacy Settings

Tap on "Privacy Settings"
Tap on “Privacy Settings”

Once you select the video you want to post, look at the menu on the right-hand side of the screen.

There are several editing options there, such as “Filters“, “Studio“, “Stickers“, and more. Look for the “Privacy Settings” option and select it.

4. Disable the “Allow comments” option

Disable the "Allow comments" option
Disable the “Allow comments” option

In the Privacy options, look for the “Allow comments” option and disable it. It’s enabled by default (green color).

Tap on it to disable it (turn it grey). This way, no one will be able to comment on your TikTok video.

5. Tap on “Next

Tap on "Next"
Tap on “Next”

To finish posting the TikTok video, tap “Next” after disabling the comments and closing the Privacy window.

This will take you to the last review screen of your TikTok video. That’s where you can make the final changes before you post the video.

6. Select “Post

Select "Post"
Select “Post”

On this screen, you can tag people, select who can watch your video, and fiddle with other options. When you’re done, select “Post,” and you’re done.

This will post the TikTok video, and the comments section will be disabled by default. Not even your friends will be able to comment on the video.

After Posting the Video

What if you’ve already posted the video with comments enabled, and now you want to disable them?

If so, follow the steps below:

1. Find the video on your TikTok profile

Find the video on your TikTok profile
Find the video on your TikTok profile

First, you need to find the video you posted. Go to your TikTok profile and use one of the categories under your profile to see the video.

If the video is public, you’ll find it in the first category. If it’s private (like mine), you can find it in the second category. That’s where all your personal videos are at.

Tap on the video and proceed with the next steps!

2. Tap on the three-dot icon

Tap on the three-dot icon
Tap on the three-dot icon

After you select your video, TikTok will zoom in so you can see the video. On the right, you’ll also see several options.

The last option is the three-dot icon – that’s where you can manage the settings of your video. Tap on it and move to the next step!

3. Select the “Privacy Settings” option

Select the "Privacy Settings" option
Select the “Privacy Settings” option

After you tap on the three-dot icon on the right-hand side menu, a pop-up menu will appear at the bottom.

You’ll see several options like “Add to favorites“, “Edit tagged people“, “Privacy Settings“, and more.

Select the “Privacy Settings” option and proceed to the last step!

4. Tap on “Allow Comments

Tap on "Allow Comments"
Tap on “Allow Comments”

You’ll see the “Allow Comments” option in the Privacy Settings. If the comments are enabled, the option should be green.

To disable the comments, tap on the option until the marker moves to the left and becomes grey (like in the picture above).

Keep reading for other solutions if this one isn’t right for you!

Limit the Comments Using Specific Keywords

Another solution is to use specific keywords to hide certain comments from your TikTok videos. You need to enter the keywords manually.

Then, the AI will automatically review comments and hide those containing the keywords you entered.

Follow the steps below to set specific keywords for comments limitation:

1. Tap on the profile button

Tap on the profile button
Tap on the profile button

When you first open TikTok, you’ll land on the main page, where you can watch TikTok videos. You’ll need to go to your profile page to limit your video comments using keywords.

Look at the bottom of the screen for the “Profile” button. It’s in the bottom-right corner. Tap on it and move to the next step!

2. Tap on the three-dash icon in the top-right corner

Tap on the three-dash icon in the top-right corner
Tap on the three-dash icon in the top-right corner

After you get to your profile, look in the top-right corner for a three-dash icon. This icon is commonly known as the Hamburger icon.

Tap on it, and a new menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Select "Settings and Privacy"
Select “Settings and Privacy”

That menu will contain two options – “Creator tools” and “Settings and privacy.”

Select the second option – “Settings and privacy,” and move to the next step to proceed!

3. Tap on “Privacy

Tap on "Privacy"
Tap on “Privacy”

On the “Settings and privacy” page, you’ll see several options, including “Manage account,” “QR code,” “Share profile,” and more.

Look for the “Privacy” option and select it. It should be the second option under the “Account” menu.

4. Tap on “Comments

Tap on "Comments"
Tap on “Comments”

Once you open the “Privacy” option, you’ll need to find the “Comments” option. It’s under the “Safety” menu, between the “Downloads” and “Mentions and tags” options.

Tap on it and proceed to the next step!

5. Enable the “Filter Keywords” option

Enable the "Filter Keywords" option
Enable the “Filter Keywords” option

In the “Comments” page, look for the “Filter keywords” option and enable it. It’s under the “Filter selected comment types” option.

Once you enable this option, a text field will appear. Write any offensive terms you can think of (e.g. “idiot“, “cretin“, “disabled“, etc).

Once you enter these keywords, they’ll be remembered by TikTok. The AI will automatically identify comments containing these terms and hide them from your videos.

Review and Approve Comments Individually

This solution is even easier. You can review and approve/disprove individual comments on your videos. While it takes a lot longer to do, it’s the best way to control your TikTok video comments.

To do this, follow the same steps above to open the TikTok “Settings and Privacy” page. Then, go to the “Comments” page and choose the “Filter all comments” option.

Tap on the "Filter all comments" option
Tap on the “Filter all comments” option

This will automatically hide all new comments on your videos. If you approve them, the comments will become visible to everyone else.

They’ll remain hidden if you don’t approve of them, and no one else will see them.

However, this option is very time-consuming. If you have a large following, think about approving thousands of comments on a single video.

It’s simply not feasible.

Perhaps the final solution is more to your liking!

Use the Default Spam Filter

If you don’t want to check individual comments, you can let TikTok’s AI deal with the comments on your videos.

The platform has a Spam Filter that filters out potentially spammy comments. It might not always work properly and might make an error here and there, but it works most times.

Follow the steps below to activate the spam filter:

1. Select “Filter selected comment types

Select "Filter selected comment types"
Select “Filter selected comment types”

In the “Comments” section of the TikTok “Settings and privacy,” you’ll find the “Filter selected comment types” option.

It’s under the “Comment filters” tab and all the other features I’ve discussed above.

Select it and continue with the guide!

2. Select one of the three categories

Select one of the three categories
Select one of the three categories

Now, you’ll need to select a category to edit. The automatic spam filter can be edited on three categories of content:

  1. Inappropriate or offensive content
  2. Profanity and curse words
  3. Advertisements and spam

Select one of the categories and see what your options are.

3. Select “More Control

Select "More Control"
Select “More Control”

If you want the spam filter to be more aggressive and filter out more comments, select the “More control” option.

This tells the AI to hold more comments up for review. If it flags them for spam or profanity, it automatically hides them.

That’s it!

Conclusion

To summarize, you can limit your comments on TikTok using one of the four solutions below:

  1. Disable the comments before or after you post the video
  2. Limit the comments using specific keywords
  3. Review and approve comments individually
  4. Use the default Spam Filter

If you don’t like micro-management, you can use specific keywords and the default spam filter. TikTok’s AI will identify bad comments and hide them automatically.

But if you prefer a closer approach, you can review and approve comments individually. You can also disable the comment section entirely.

I hope this guide has answered all your questions about limiting the comments on your TikTok videos!

Will others know their comments are hidden on my TikTok videos?

No, they won’t.

Their comments will appear as though they’re publicly visible. The only giveaway would be that no one reacts to their comments.

That’s the only way they can figure out their comments are hidden. If they believe they should have received reactions to their comments and they don’t, they’ll assume something’s wrong.

If a comment is hidden, no one can see it, so that no one can react to it.

TikTok also automatically warns of inappropriate comments when someone wants to comment on something offensive.

They’ll receive a warning to rephrase their comment to avoid being offensive.

They have the option to continue posting the comment in its “offensive form,” though.

Can I allow only my friends on TikTok to comment on my videos?

Yes, you can.

TikTok has the “Who can comment on your videos and stories” option in the “Comments” section of the “Settings and privacy” options.

You have three options to choose from:

– Everyone
– Followers that follow you back
– No one

So, you allow everyone to comment on your videos, only your followers or no one.

If you allow only your followers to comment on your videos, strangers won’t be able to comment.

They’ll need to follow you first and then post a comment. That’s a bit uncomfortable and time-consuming for a spammer.

This should filter out many spammers already. If you use the filters described above, you’ll clean out your comment section instantly!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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