How to Make Comments Private on Facebook

By Kefa Olang

On Facebook, you can control the visibility of posts using the audience selector tool. If you don't want others to see comments made on your profile (timeline), adjusting the privacy settings to make content viewable only by you keeps them invisible from everyone else. Posted content still appears on your timeline; however, you're the only one who can see them. For business owners, controlling comment visibility is nothing more than a personalization preference that decreases the chances of information falling into the wrong hands.

Sign in to your Facebook account, click the drop-down arrow next to the Home tab, and then click "Privacy Settings."

Scroll down and click the "Edit Settings" link in the "Timeline and Tagging" section. The "Timeline and Tagging" box opens.

Click the audience selector button next to the "Who can see what others post on your timeline" section. Scroll down the audience selector menu that opens and select "Custom" to open the "Custom Privacy" box.

Click the drop-down arrow in the "Make this visible to" section and select "Only Me." Click the "Save Changes" button. You're now the only person capable of viewing comments added to your timeline.


When you comment on a friend's timeline, status, image or other uploaded or shared content, that person controls who can see the comment. You cannot privatize comments made on other people's content.