Is it okay to delete negative comments on social media?

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Hi, I’m Rob Anspach, and I get this question a lot.

Can we delete comments from people responding to a post we put out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any social media network?

The answer is yes!

It doesn’t matter if the person is an acquaintance or a friend, if you don’t like their comment, it’s okay to delete it.

There is no Facebook etiquette or Twitter or LinkedIn Rules of Engagement.

Will your friends be upset that you deleted their comment? Probably!

Will they comment to you? Probably!

Just the other day I made a post on Facebook and one of my long time friends responded, then one of his friends responded and I found it was not in the best interest to keep their comment there because it was more…it wasn’t an argument more or “Rob I dislike that comment” it was more of an instigating post.

And my belief is to keep my wall, my stream clean and simple. I don’t mind a few bumps, arguments or disagreements, but of I feel that it’s turning into an instigation then I just remove the comment.

So I remove their comment and about 10 minutes later another comment popped up “Hey why did you delete my comment?“. Seriously? So I deleted that one.

Then a few minutes later I get a message to my inbox, “Hey whats going on? You’re not the real Rob

Your social media, your wall, your stream is yours…do what ever you want with it. You can allow people to post whatever to it.

I just feel that if going to run a business using social media to promote your products or services or to build trust then you need to have your own rules. And if you feel that something just doesn’t jive, it’s okay to remove it. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.

Would love to hear comments. Have you ever deleted a friends negative comment?

Rob is an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist, Author, Corporate Ghostwriter, Speaker and Trust Creator who can transform and monetize your brand. He's the author of "Social Media Debunked", "Share: 27 Ways To Boost Your Social Media Experience, Build Trust and Attract Followers", "Lessons From The Dojo: 101 Ways To Improve Your Life, Business and Relationships" and "Rob Versus The Scammers: Protecting The World Against Fraud, Nuisance Calls and Downright Phony Scams" and the coauthor of "Optimize This: How Two Carpet Cleaners Consistently Beat Web Designers On The Search Engines", "The #AskDrA Book Series: Easy & Practical Answers To Enjoying Life As A New Sleever", "No Experience Necessary: Social Media For The Boomers, Gen X-ers & The Over 50 Entrepreneur" and "Power Guesting: Insider Secrets To Profit From Being A Great Podcasting Guest." Rob helps companies across the globe generate new revenue and capture online business. Rob is also available to share talks and give interviews. To learn more and to get started visit or call Anspach Media at (412)267-7224 today.