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Here’s Why You Can’t Comment on Facebook & How to Fix it

Facebook is a whirlpool of posts, videos, stories, and the comment section has a fan following of its own on every social media platform.

Now, there might be times where you find a post very provocative of a comment but you are unable to do so for some reason and that can be irksome to some users.

In this article, we will discuss this issue and explain explicitly as to why it happens. Also, we will be highlighting the available solution to it.

Potential Reasons Why You Can’t Comment on Facebook

Before getting acquainted with the solution, let us first learn why you as a user are not entitled to comment on some Facebook posts.

Blocked By Facebook

The primary reason you are not able to comment on Facebook is that you have been blocked by Facebook. Yeah, Facebook has every right to block you if you don’t follow the rules and violate Facebook’s privacy policy. In extreme cases, Facebook can also put you in Facebook Jail.

Fun Fact: Facebook Jail is the term used to describe when a user( or a business page or account) is banned, blocked from accessing the account, or from posting on Facebook Itself. 

The term came into being in 2016 when Zuckerberg was facing trials after the presidential election for not monitoring their content and having Cambridge Analytica exploit their resources.

You might have breached some rules which are against the guidelines on purpose or unintentionally and as a result, your account is blocked.

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Repeated Commenting

 Facebook could have also blocked you from commenting repeatedly under the same post. If you go ahead and enter the same comment multiple times then Facebook users may report it as a spam comment, thus allowing Facebook to block you whenever you spam. If you are reported by a lot of Facebook users for spamming, Facebook will surely block you, and you will have to take the blame.

Abuse someone or community

Now abusing someone, be it in public, or online, is a punishable offence and Facebook abides by this policy. It can get you blocked for commenting something that went against the privacy policy of hate comments or harassment of any kind breaching the protocol for safe surfing.

Facebook will also report you if you try to violate the privacy of a person, and ask other people to do the same, which increases your chance of spending time behind bars too.

Facebook ceases you form commenting further because it tries to avoid any media attention through the consistent malign comments of a particular user. It tries to censor wrong ideas after much protest from the international media and global users.

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Timeline and Tagging

Now you might occasionally have a problem commenting on your friend’s post because they might have adjusted the privacy settings to prevent anyone but her from posting on her timeline.

The friends that they follow can see their timeline, but cannot comment on anything they have posted. 

Timeline Review

If your friend has activated the timeline review feature, they will need to approve all posts before they appear on the FB page. They will receive a notification of the “Pending Post” which, after they click, will direct them to their private timeline review. They can see it, and decide whether they want the comment to be displayed on their post.

Technical Error

An alternate problem for not being able to comment on Facebook might be due to some technical errors. This can’t be resolved in any way by ourselves.

 Sometimes, your comment may contain special characters that cannot be understood by Facebook’s system. In such cases, Facebook will report a problem, and you might be able to comment on that post.

Facebook might be updating something or the system may be witnessing a bad server. 

If this is the reason due to which you can’t comment on Facebook then you simply have to let it go ( not the Frozen Song again ! ) and wait for the Facebook team to respond to your complaints. It usually doesn’t take much longer to get the matter resolved.

Now that you know all the reasons, let’s check out the possible solutions.

How to fix the issue?

There are different ways to fix the issue of commenting on Facebook. So let’s quickly run over the steps and get you acquainted with them.

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Log out of your Facebook Account

If the problem persists in the app or is the cause of any technical error, then just try logging out of the app for some time.

Logging out of your Facebook account for a while may also fix your issue if it ever was a technical one.

Clear Cookies & Cache on your Device

You can also clear cookies and cache from your app or browser in order to get rid of pesky bugs and glitches. This will reset the browser/app and remove the bug if it lurks in the cookies and cache. You can log in again to see if you still can’t comment on Facebook or the issue is solved.

Here’s how you can clear the cache:

  • Mobile Device: Go to Settings>>Search “Apps”>>Search “Facebook”>>”Storage & Cache”>>Clear Storage & Clear Cache
  • Desktop Computer(Chrome): Go to Setting on the browser>>Search “Cache”>>Clear Browsing Data>>Click “Clear”

You may also try logging in through the incognito mode of your browser, just to see if the plugins are interfering

Update your App

Always make sure that the updated version of the Facebook app is available to you, which reduces issues while using Facebook. So, you might need to go over to the Play Store or App Store to check whether your Facebook as is updated or not. If not, then you have to update it first and log in again to your Facebook account again.

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Uninstall & Reinstall the App

You can also even try uninstalling and reinstalling the Facebook app. This does help sometimes to fix any bug that is causing the problem. So you can follow this method as a last resort.

Appeal To Facebook

If the reason behind you not being able to comment is you being blocked by Facebook then the only thing you can do to regain access is to appeal to Facebook to unblock you from commenting.

First let us see if you have any violations, to check violations under your Facebook account, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Steps to check Violations: Go to Options>>Help & Support>>Support Inbox>>Your Violations.

If you see any violations you now have a clear picture of why this might be happening, now you must send an email to Facebook support asking them to lift the restriction from your account.

For the same, you can contact Facebook through email appeals@fb.com & support@fb.com, and simply explain to them your issue and they will come up with a solution for your problem.

So, all you need to do is send the email and wait for Facebook to respond to you and provide you with the required help.

Final Take by Tecvalue

I hope you have understood what the potential reasons behind the issue of not being able to comment are and you can follow the simple steps listed above to regain access to the commenting feature on Facebook. 

Fun Fact: The entire written works of humankind, in every known language (including Latin and other extinct languages) from the earliest annals of human history, would occupy approximately 50 petabytes of data. But Facebook, in its totality, stores approximately 300 Petabytes of user data on its servers. Just ponder on that for a sec.

Basim Parapathil

Basim likes to assert himself as the Chandler Bing of Technical writers, which is why you would find him struggling to blend sarcasm and technical stuff. It surprisingly gives out a humorous style targeting the younger spectra of the readers who go through his articles. Basim also dabbles in literature, which is evident in how he expresses (or even exaggerates !) some parts of his technical write-ups. He is also a Google and Microsoft certified Digital Marketer and seems to be well-versed in SEO realms. He is currently pursuing a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering in Trivandrum, Kerala.

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