This year, in its short 25 days, has already been one of triumph and tribulations when it comes to news and social media commentary. Without getting political, it’s been one of those long months that makes you anxious to log onto social media. More people than ever are sharing their opinions with status updates, news article resharing, and comments on the posts of others. It can be scary posting your opinion for everyone on the internet to see in a world filled with cancel culture and calling each other out for our misspoken words. With growing concerns over access to your personal, or business, social media profiles, it’s become more important to protect your space both online and offline.
Just this past weekend, LinkedIn updated its platform so that you can control who can comment on your posts. Just like you have been able to control who can see your posts on their feed, you will now have the ability to restrict your comment section.
Now, when you make a post to your LinkedIn feed, it will not only ask you who you would like to share it with but also who you would like to have the ability to comment on your post. You can choose from the following options:
- Anyone: anyone who comes across your post, whether they are a connection to you or not, can comment on your post.
- Connections only: only the people who you have chosen to connect with on LinkedIn have the ability to comment on your post.
- No one: anyone who tries to comment on your post will not be able to.
When asked to comment on the update, the LinkedIn platform explained, ‘To curate your feed beyond engaging with content, you can also signal to us what you want to see more and less of by clicking the three dots (…) on a post. This will open a toolbox of options available, including saving the post to review later, hiding the specific post from your feed by clicking “I don’t want to see this,” and reporting the post. A new option we just rolled out in this section lets you mute an individual or Page who might show up on your feed because a connection of yours commented, reacted, or reshared that individual’s content.’
As social platforms become more and more tailored to your personal preferences, the question of “is this too tailored for me?” arises. However, it’s only going to change your feed if you would like for it to change your feed. Remember: these are settings that can be changed if you would like to see, or hear from, other points of view.