Since Reels work on both Facebook and Instagram, lately, users may have noticed disabled comment sections under some Reels that are posted. Reels are popular short videos that can be shared on Facebook and Instagram. However, when some users post Reels now, comments seem to be turned off or limited without explanation.
It is not Meta disabling comments on all Reels across their platforms. Rather, the individual users who create and post the Reels have the option to limit or disable comments on their own content.
So why might some creators decide to do this? Well, here are a few key reasons:
- Moderation – Managing floods of comments from potentially millions of viewers can be overwhelming. Creators may disable comments to avoid spending huge amounts of time moderating and responding.
- Control – With unlimited comments, creators lose control over the conversation. By disabling open comments, they allow only specific people they approve to comment and steer the discussion.
- Reduce abuse – Unfortunately, harassment in comments is common for viral videos. Removing open comments may feel necessary for creators to protect themselves.
- Distraction – Some creators want the focus to be on the video itself rather than the messy comment debates that can happen. Limiting comments forces engagement with the Reel’s actual content.
So in summary – the missing Reel comments you may notice on Facebook and Insta are due to individual users disabling them on their own posts. Facebook and IG itself have not removed the ability to comment on Reels across the board.
Check whether the creator limited comments intentionally before assuming it’s a platform issue. Disabled comments are frustrating for some users who enjoy interacting.
However, creators likely have valid personal reasons for managing comments in the way they choose for their own content.