How to Delete Instagram Comments

Instagram is a wonderful site for building brand awareness. According to Forbes, there are more than 500 million active users on Instagram alone, so you have quite a wide reach. Unfortunately, though, that does not mean that all users are going to be all that nice.

Trolls are everywhere, including Instagram. So, how do you deal with a comment that is immature, offensive or even crude? In this article, we will go through how to how to delete Instagram comments and deal with their after-effects.

To Delete or Not Delete?

It is obvious, when someone has launched a hopelessly unfair attack on your page or been particularly offensive that you would want to delete the comment.

But what about comments that are borderline. So, not exactly going as far as cyber-bullying or abuse, but not all that nice either. It all depends on the nature of the comment as to whether or not to keep it – after all, engagement counts, even if it is this type of engagement.

It is best not to get into a war of words with someone like this – all they want to do is to get you to react, so the more upset you get, the more pleasure they derive from the whole experience. If you feel that you must defend yourself for the benefit of your other followers, then do so in a calm and rational manner, without getting into a mud-slinging contest with them.

Sometimes the better course of action is to either simply ignore the comment completely, or delete it and move on. The troll should lose interest quite fast and find another Instagrammer to start hassling.

You might also find yourself in a position where other followers come to your defense, and this can be quite heartening. Of course, things could also go the other way – with others getting in on the “fun” and having a go at you as well.

In those cases, it is best to delete the comments completely and get on with things.

Is it Fair Criticism?

This is the question that you need to ask yourself, but do not spend too much time agonizing over the answer. Normally a troll’s comment will be particularly easy to spot because they get personal or offer criticism that is unfair.

Say, for example, you post a picture of you holding the latest gift set your company has made. The troll will be the one complaining that your nails aren't painted or that you look fat. They are mean comments designed to hurt you personally.

Someone offering fair criticism might instead say something like, "You should include more nuts/ sweets/ etc." i.e., Things that can actually help you improve. Not personal comments that hurt more than they help.

How to Delete a Comment

So, you have decided that the comment has to go. Fortunately, deleting it is relatively simple. All that you need to do is to:

  • Go to the post that the offending comment is on.
  • Hit the “Comment” button, as if you were going to make a comment yourself.
  • Find the offensive comment in the history.
  • Swipe left, and you will see the trashcan icon.
  • Tap on the icon.
  • You will be given to option to either delete the comment or to delete it and report abuse.
  • Depending on the nature of the comment, choose which option is best for you.
  • If the comment was foul or really offensive, do consider reporting it seriously. While it may not make much of a difference to you, it could result in the offender’s account being closed and prevent them from harassing someone else.

Don’t Engage in a Rant About Negative Comments

No doubt the comment has made you angry. It is unfair, but it is also the nature of having a social media account. You will want to hit back, and you might want to complain to your followers as well.

Don’t engage in a rant about the comments, though. First of all, all you are doing is creating more of a fuss. The troll is going to love that. Second of all, you are going to keep the incident ticking over in the minds of your followers for longer than it deserves.

People will start to wonder what all the fuss is about, and, if they did not see the original comment, might wonder if there is any truth to it.

It is a far better strategy to simply move on from the incident and look for ways to get new, positive comments.

How Do I Get More Positive Instagram Comments?

Start by posting more of what your fans love. Make your fans happy, and then ask them for their opinions, or ask them questions so that they engage with your posts. The advantage of positive comments is that they encourage other people to look at your posts in a more positive light.

This helps to improve the positive associations that people have with your brand. You can build up your comments like this organically, or you can choose to purchase IG comments or use a combination of the two for the best possible results.

Over time, it is normal for your Instagram page to receive some negative comments but if you have a strategy for dealing with them, they will have less impact than you might think. Instead of focusing on the odd mean comment, focus on building up the positive ones.

Overall, the best way to do this is to provide great quality content, and content that users find useful. So, instead of just blasting them with sales messages, provide some helpful tips.

Who knows, maybe you could even turn the negative comment into a positive. Take our gift basket example, for instance, why not post something like a nail art hack or a nail art hack parody?

By dealing with negative comments in a more balanced way, you are showing the trolls that you are not going to be worth the effort. They will move on to more interesting conquests and leave your page to you.