Should You Delete Bad Social Media Comments?
Good Morning Podcasters!February 08, 2023
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Should You Delete Bad Social Media Comments?

I don't know if you know this, but sometimes people aren't nice on the internet. Mind-blowing, right? So what do you, as a podcaster, do when someone leaves a really bad comment?

Dealing with Negative Social Comments

How handle negative comments on social media as a podcaster:

  1. Stay active: Regularly monitor your social media pages; your Slack, Discord, subreddit, or Patreon comments; and other forums and respond promptly to inappropriate comments.
  2. Have a policy: Establish clear guidelines for appropriate and inappropriate comments, and use them as a reference for moderation.
  3. Handle criticism professionally: Don't delete comments that are critical to you or your show, but instead address them in a polite and professional manner.
  4. Remove offensive comments: Delete comments that are racist, homophobic, bullying, or otherwise offensive to your listeners.
  5. Don't allow political comments: Unless you have a political podcast, delete comments that are overly political, contain misinformation, or are meant to be inflammatory. Ban repeat offenders.
  6. Eliminate spam: Delete spam comments as they make it appear that you don't pay attention to your page.
  7. Avoid commenting about deleted comments: Unless the community is actively talking about it, don't make a big deal about it when you delete a comment as it may attract more trolls and bullying. Besides, most trolls love the attention.

To Delete Or Not To Delete

Here's my general rule of thumb:

  • If you're deleting a comment for YOU - don't delete it.
  • If you're deleting a comment for YOUR COMMUNITY - delete it.

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