How to See Sensitive Content on Twitter in 5 Steps

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How to See Sensitive Content on Twitter in 5 Steps

Twitter is a great place to share news, information, ideas, and GIFs. However, sometimes, the platform can get a little crazy. Things you may feel are sensitive content can appear on your Twitter feed. While some might be opposed to the unwanted Tweets, others, however, may want to see the sensitive content Twitter users offer.

If you don’t mind sensitive Tweets, follow the steps we outline below and learn how to see sensitive content on Twitter. Of course, we’ll also give you a few more tips to better curate your Twitter feed.

What is Sensitive Content on Twitter?

Before we dive into our tutorial, let’s take a moment to inform you of the things you may see when you un-hide sensitive content on Twitter.

The company automatically marks some content as sensitive, while other content gets hidden by the author. Even when you follow the steps below to let Twitter know you want to see sensitive content, you may find sensitive content warnings on your feed.

Some content on Twitter is outright banned. The company will automatically remove Tweets that depict violence, assault, and hate speech. However, sensitive content warnings on Twitter are a bit of a grey area. Some NSFW (Not Safe for Work) content is okay. Nudity, adult content, and even some violence are acceptable on the platform.

If you want to see everything Twitter has to offer, you can un-hide sensitive content by following the steps outlined below.

How to See Sensitive Content on Twitter on the Web Browser

If you prefer to see everything that users post, you may need to change some Twitter settings so the platform doesn’t automatically hide Tweets from you. Fortunately, the steps are quite simple. Do this to see sensitive content on Twitter:

Step 1: Click the Menu Icon

When you open Twitter and log into your account, you’ll see a menu to the left. Several icons appear, including your Home option, notifications, DMs, and more.

Below the profile icon is a circle button with three dots. That’s your Twitter settings menu. Tap it.

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The Twitter settings menu is the circled dots located below your profile icon on the left-hand tab.

Step 2: Click Settings and Privacy

A new drop-down menu will appear when you click the Twitter menu button. Click Settings and Support. Then, a new menu will appear where you can click the Settings and Privacy option.

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Settings and Support is located at the bottom of the pop-up menu.

Step 3: Click Privacy and Safety

Now, a new menu appears. You’ll see more options to choose from, but the one we’re looking for is about halfway down the page. Click the Privacy and Safety option.

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Tap “Privacy and safety” halfway down on the left-hand side of your screen.

Step 4: Click Content You See

Now, we’re almost done. Click Content you See in the Privacy and Safety menu.

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Content you see” is the third setting under “Your Twitter activity.”

Step 5: Check the Box

Finally, the new page has a Display media that may contain sensitive content box. If you click that box, you will reveal sensitive content on Twitter.

Helpful Hint: Click the other options on this page to further curate your Twitter feed based on your topics and interests.

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Check the box at the top right-hand corner to display sensitive content.

How to Curate Content on the Twitter Mobile App

If you, like many others, prefer to use the Twitter mobile app, you’ll notice there isn’t an option to enable sensitive Tweets in the mobile app. However, you can still curate some aspects of your Twitter feed. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Open the Twitter Settings

Following the same steps above for accessing the Twitter settings, tap your profile icon in the upper left corner. Then, select Settings and Support. Finally, tap Settings and privacy.

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Tap on your profile, then Settings and Support to reach Settings and privacy.

Step 2: Tap Privacy and Safety

Tap Privacy and safety in the new menu that appears.

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Privacy and safety is located half-way down the list of settings.

Step 3: Tap Content You See

You’ll see Content you see at the top of the Privacy and Safety menu. Tap it.

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Tap on “Content you see” to manage what you’re shown on Twitter.

Step 4: Change Topics, Interests, and Location-Based Tweets

Finally, click each of the three options and moderate your Twitter feed.

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Click on each of the options under “Content you see” to set your preferences.

Check out the video below for an informative guide to changing your sensitive content settings on Twitter.

How to Report Sensitive Content on Twitter

After you reveal sensitive content, you may realize that some Tweets violate Twitter’s rules. If you feel like the company missed a sensitive Tweet that should be removed, you can report it. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Tap the Three Dots

Locate the Tweet, and tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the Tweet.

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Tap the three dots at the top right of the Tweet you want to report.

Step 2: Tap Report

Now, you’ll see a small menu. This menu has several options. Choose the Report option. The Report option in the menu varies, though. For example, you may see Report Ad or Report Tweet. No matter the version you see, tap the Report option that you see.

Helpful Hint: Consider muting or reporting the person before reporting the Tweet. Although some Tweets do violate Twitter’s guidelines, oftentimes, they don’t.

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Tap “Report Tweet” at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Follow the Prompts

The final steps for reporting a Tweet depend on the content and guidelines in question. Do your best to fill out the forms on the following pages and submit your report.

Twitter will send you a notification letting you know they received your report.

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Fill out the forms when prompted and submit your report.

How to Mark Your Account as Sensitive on Twitter

If you want to post NSFW content on Twitter but don’t want the company to ban your account, you should mark your account as Sensitive.

Marking your account as NSFW on Twitter lets the company know that you post more risky content and, therefore, relays that warning to other users and your followers. While you still can’t violate the company’s Terms of Use with the sensitive content indicator, it does ensure you don’t get banned on Twitter for sensitive content.

Follow these steps to protect your Twitter account from banning and let others know your content might be sensitive to some people.

Step 1: Open the Twitter Settings

First, we need to head over to your Twitter settings. Following the steps above, tap on your profile icon (in the mobile app) or the menu icon (web browser). Then, click Settings and support>Settings and Privacy.

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Click on “Settings and privacy” at the top of the Settings and Support menu.

Step 2: Tap on Privacy and Safety

After following the steps to open your Twitter settings, you’ll see a Privacy and Safety option. Tap it to move forward.

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Select “Privacy and safety” to manage the information you share.

Step 3: Tap on Your Tweets

Now, you can tap the Your Tweets option to mark your future Tweets as sensitive.

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Under “Your Twitter activity,” select Your Tweets near the top of the menu.

Step 4: Toggle the Switch

Finally, tap the toggle switch to mark your Tweets as sensitive.

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Toggle the switch to the on position to indicate you will be sharing sensitive content.

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When you open the Twitter-sensitive content floodgates, you’re bound to see a lot of information. Some of the content may violate Twitter’s guidelines, which you can report. Other content may be funny or interesting, but only for an adult audience.

If you decide you no longer want to see sensitive content, follow the same steps above to hide it. Of course, most of us have FOMO (fear of missing out), so we brace ourselves and let Twitter show us sensitive content.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I don't want to see one person's sensitive content on Twitter?

If you have one or a handful of accounts that regularly post content you don’t want to see, you can block or mute the person.

If you block the account, the other user will know because your profile will indicate that you blocked the person. However, if you don’t want to see their content in your feed or their replies to Tweets, you can mute them, and they won’t know.

Muting a specific user means the other person can still see all your Tweets; you can still see sensitive content from other Twitter users, but they won’t know you muted them, and you don’t have to see their content.

What happens if I don't mark my account as sensitive?

If you like to Tweet or Retweet content that Twitter considers sensitive, it’s best to mark your account as such by following the steps above.

If you don’t mark your account as sensitive, the Twitter admins may do it for you, especially if someone reports your Tweets. However, multiple offenses could lead to account termination.

Can I appeal if Twitter marks my account as sensitive?

No. At the time of writing (in early 2023), there isn’t an option to appeal a sensitive rating on your account.

What can I do if I don't mind sensitive content but I don't want to see some topics?

Perhaps you don’t mind sensitive content related to gaming, but you don’t want to see politics. Similar to muting an account you don’t want to see, you can mute a topic too. Go to the Settings and Privacy menu and select Topics. Then, deselect any topics that aren’t interesting.

Will Twitter let me know what happens when I block someone?

Yes! If you see something on Twitter that should be marked as sensitive or violates the Community Guidelines, you can report it to Twitter. Twitter will send you a confirmation when they receive your report. After an investigation, Twitter will let you know if they, too, found problems with the Tweet or account and what action they took to correct it.

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