How to Remove Comment “Like” on Your WordPress Blog

I had a weird thing happen recently. My most recent blog post had a number of reader comments. (Thank you!) All but the most recent comment also had a “like” applied. And the supposed source of the like varied, but all the likes were from some “sexy.ru” or “sexy. xyz” site. All the names were a bit different, and likely bot-generated.

ICK

Really, icked me out. I looked in my settings to figure out how to get rid of them, and when I couldn’t right away, I apologized to each of those who commented for the icky like they’d received. Then Jim suggested I check “Help” to see if there was any information about removing comment likes.

“Help” helped. If you’re a WordPress user and see this happen on your posts, you can stop comment likes. Go to your Settings for Sharing. Scroll down the page a bit. Near the bottom of the page is a box you can check for comment likes.

It’s just a toggle switch. I unchecked it, making it OFF for all comments. Unfortunately, that means that if I like your comment or you like mine, we can’t indicate it with a click. We’ll actually have to SAY SO. I LIKE your comment!! Maybe that isn’t all bad…

52 thoughts on “How to Remove Comment “Like” on Your WordPress Blog

  1. allisonreidnem

    Thanks for this Mel. It’s been a useful conversation to follow. I do hope WP are taking this seriously and working to rid us of these spammy ICK followers and ‘likers’. I’ve found the sudden increase in spammy followers quiet unsettling (a couple more today!) – made me wonder just how many followers are genuine and who is looking through MY blog. Also made me realise how public MY blog is – a reminder even when we aim to be writing with our genuine voice that we do need to keep up our guard.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, everything you say here can be seen by anyone. It is not private at all. That’s a good thing to remember when we write. Thanks, Allison. (Also, I go by “Melanie,” not “Mel.” 🙂

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  2. zippyquilts

    Thanks for the info. Now I’m going to see if I can do that on my blog. And no worries about the spam. I’m afraid it’s just part of internet life. Another thing I notice is that sometimes I get a “like” on my post as soon as it is published. I’m suspicious of those, as well.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, Jim’s noticed that happening sometimes. Can’t be real, especially with his involved science posts. No one could read it that fast. Maybe those are the ones to block from following. ???

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      1. zippyquilts

        Hmmm… I am having trouble even following your directions on how to block likes. Am too overcommitted to figure it out at the moment. But it does make sense to block those follows—another thing you’ve taught me that I can do 😀

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        1. Melanie McNeil Post author

          Maybe this will help: I use WordPress from my laptop, so perhaps my configuration is different from yours. For me, under My Sites on the left margin, I go to WP Admin. Having clicked that, there is a menu that includes Settings. Within Settings is Sharing. At the bottom of the page of Sharing is the box to click. Again, yours might look different from that, but that’s how my navigation to the switch works.

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  3. Kerry

    So annoying. I didn’t notice the “like” until you mentioned it, definitely gave it a wide berth! Glad you sorted it out. Equally annoying is the ransom that WordPress want so you can have some protection! They should automatically protect people for using their facilities.

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  4. TextileRanger

    I pay the $99 fee each year, and so far I do not have the icky likes on comments. But maybe they are just going to get to me later, who knows. I just wonder what they think they can possibly accomplish with this strategy.

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  5. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    I just spoke with someone else at WP and they said they are checking into this because there have been other reports of this type of spam. This time, I was told that it is not a danger to my information privacy online.

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  6. Kate

    Hi, not a quilter (well not a regular quilter) but a photography student plagued by exactly the same problem. Your blog post came up when I searched for how to remove comment likes, and I’ve now untoggled the option. Thank you for blogging this! best wishes, Kate

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  7. knitnkwilt

    Slow techy for other slow techies: you have to go to the “my admin” at the bottom of the sidebar; the “sharing” and “setting” above don’t have the required box. About a month ago I got a batch of odd followers; it quieted, then recently they have appeared again.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I’m not sure if you’re saying that I described it incorrectly. I use WordPress from my laptop, so perhaps my configuration is different from yours. For me, under My Sites on the left margin, I go to WP Admin. Having clicked that, there is a menu that includes Settings. Within Settings is Sharing. At the bottom of the page of Sharing is the box to click. Again, yours might look different from that, but that’s how my navigation to the switch works.

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  8. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    I just checked with WordPress. They said that this happens with WordPress.com and want me to upgrade to WordPress.Org for $99 a year. I had just upgraded and I do not think I want to spend anymore money. This website that is attacking us is taking our information according to what Sam V. at WordPress said. I am now trying to see how to delete the blog and get my refund.
    I hate not blogging, but I am finding this very unfriendly and I did not like the attitude of the WP help.

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    1. tierneycreates

      I use the personal plan which I think is like $4 a month or something like that. I pay the extra $8 to keep my personal information private from spammers. I used to use the free plan but I needed more storage space because of photos. I have had such a nice helpful experience with WP, sorry you had that experience!

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      1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

        I had upgraded because I needed more space. The first and second people I spoke with insisted I had to move up to premium and .org if I didn’t want the spammers. The third person apologized that this was happening and said there had been other reports. According to him my personal information is private…so I guess I will believe him. Who knows if any of us really have personal info security anymore with any of these apps and online things we do?

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  9. laura bruno lilly

    I don’t have a ‘like’ button on comments because my version of WP.org is way old and un-updated – however I just opened my notifications and got a slew of my comments on other blogs ‘liked’ by the ‘likes’ of those icky sites and with them notifiying me on my email, too.
    😦

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      oooooh. That’s too bad. 😦 I’m hoping they will all disappear soon. It sounds as if this is a big bot attack, and hopefully WordPress will do something global about it.

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  10. Cindy Anderson

    I started receiving them as “likes” to my comments on other blogs. I’m very annoyed with them and have made a request with WordPress for them to give us the ability to delete individual “likes”. I think they are disgusting too. I had shut the “like” feature off on my blog for a while but some of my followers were disappointed so I turned it back on. Hard to,please everybody. I may decide to do it again.

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  11. shoreacres

    It’s interesting that you’ve been getting those spam likes, too. They’re all over my comments on other blogs, but so far not on mine. I’ve been deluged with spam followers, too, but I figured out how to remove those, and make it part of my daily routine.

    The sexy.ru sorts just started showing up a couple of days ago. I’m not sure whether I’ll disable likes, or see how long it lasts. The last time spam likes showed up, they stopped after a couple of days.

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    1. laura bruno lilly

      How **do** you remove spam followers? I’ve looked and couldn’t find a way to do this. I’m embarrassed by some who are following me as they are of the sort that are now ‘liking’ my comments on other blogs as mentioned by Melanie.
      ICK is right
      😦

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      1. TextileRanger

        When you look at your stats, above the little columns that show your daily visitors and views, there are some labels you can click, Days/Weeks/Months/Years, and then Followers, and it shows you the number of followers. If you click on that label, it will show you a list of all your followers, and next to each one is the option to remove.
        I know tons of my followers are fake, but I don’t remove them unless their blog name is really obviously commercial, like BuyMyTshirtsNOW or something, or obviously meant to be offensive. Otherwise I like to think they are harmless. 🙂
        Hope this helps!

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        1. Melanie McNeil Post author

          Thanks, Gwen. Yes, I’ve seen that option, too, now that you mention it. As you say, I don’t make a habit of removing followers, there haven’t been any problems I’ve noticed. Thanks again.

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      2. shoreacres

        If you go to “My Sites” you’ll find a link to “People” about two-thirds of the way down. Click on that, and the “Followers” link will appear. Click that, and you get the list, with the option to remove. Anyone whose alphabet I don’t recognize, who’s selling products, or who has a blog title but no blog is gonzo. It’s clear that most are bots, and they generally come in waves associated with something I’ve written, since similar keywords are in the name of their “blog.”

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  12. Nann

    I use Bloglovin’ to aggregate blog posts. I have gotten notices of followers who turn out to be .ru (Rumania) Bots. Bloglovin’ help provides no help for blocking followers.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      That’s frustrating. I appreciate that Instagram makes it easy now to block followers. I don’t remember if I can here, or not, but I think so. It hasn’t been an issue so far, even though I know a LARGE number of supposed followers here are not real. Not sure if they do any harm or not. Thanks, Nann.

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