Why Can’t I Like/Comment on a Post in Facebook?
Doug Antkowiak Dec 9 2010
If you’re having trouble liking or commenting on a post on Facebook, you’ve come to the right place.
Back in the day, I wrote a blog post answering the question, “Why I can’t comment on Facebook?” It was a commenting issue that lasted for two hours in 2010, which is barely a “poke” in the history of Facebook. Even though the information was as relevant as a double rainbow, people still keep finding this post and leaving comments about their latest Facebooking issues.
That’s why we’ve updating this page to include some more timely frequently asked questions about why Facebook isn’t working. Check out our Facebook FAQ and tips, and if you still have a question, tweet at us or leave a comment below.
Questions to Ask if You Can’t Like/Comment on Facebook
Is Facebook working?
Try checking the website down for everyone or just me? Most of the time you’ll see this:
Sometimes people set their privacy settings to prevent non-friends from liking, commenting or viewing their content.
Am I liking/commenting on too many things in a short amount of time?
Clicking “Like” too many times can get you in trouble. Let’s say it’s your birthday and you receive 100 messages on your wall. If you try to like everyone’s message in under a minute, Facebook might block you for engaging in what they call “annoying or abusive behavior.”
Did I Violate Facebook’s Policies?
This seems like a no-brainer, but one time I violated Facebook’s rules and didn’t know it until the next day. After sending me to my room without dinner, Facebook wouldn’t let me update, like or comment for 24 hours.
Why can’t I see sections of my profile?
Facebook says this could be a screen resolution issue or an outdated browser issue. Make sure your browser resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or higher and update your browser to the latest settings.
If you’re still having issues, clear your cache and cookies and add “www.facebook.com” and “http://fbcdn.net” to your antivirus safe sites. If you’re still having issues after that, for the love of God just download Google Chrome.
Why is my account messaging sending out links I didn’t mean to send?
You were probably hacked, my friend. Best thing to do is change your password to something with seven characters that includes letters, numbers and special f#$%ing characters. After you update your user settings, send a message to your friends letting them know not to click on your links.
Don’t feel too embarrassed, it totally happened to me once (luckily my friend knew to play along):
What does “Database Write Failed” Mean?
This is usually the most common error message you’ll see when Facebook is down. Someone in Palo Alto probably unplugged something they shouldn’t have when they saw the IPO falling again. Other than reporting the issue, you can’t do anything but sit on your duff and wait for Zuck and the gang to fix it.
For the most part, the best advice when Facebook is having a hiccup is to just be patent and try it again in a few hours. If the problem still exists and Twitter hasn’t blown up about it, feel free to tweet us and we’ll try to help you out.