How to view sensitive content in Twitter on iPhone, iPad, and web

How to see sensetive content on twitter

Twitter is a social media platform that caters to a wide range of audience. The content on the platform ranges from videos to informative threads on finance, health, politics, tech, sports, etc. However, there is no shortage of violent and adult content on the platform. And that is where the “Sensitive Content” tag comes into play.

In this article, I will explain what sensitive content is, why Twitter displays the warning, and how you can view sensitive content.

What is sensitive content on Twitter?

As mentioned earlier, there is a wide range of content available on Twitter. There are times when users share media that depict violence or adult content which might be sensitive content to some users. As the social media giant moderates this content, it ensures to hide it from searches and marks it as sensitive so that it is displayed to you at your discretion. 

Twitter also restricts adult content to users who are below the age of 18 or users who haven’t added their birth date to their profile. Twitter groups sensitive media into the following categories:

  • Graphic violence
  • Adult content 
  • Violent sexual conduct 
  • Gratuitous gore
  • Hateful imagery 

According to the Sensitive media policy of Twitter, you can share graphic violence or consensually produced adult content provided you mark it as sensitive media. However, Twitter does not allow Violent sexual conduct, Gratuitous gore, and Hateful imagery

Moreover, the company also moderates and restricts content based on the media type and where it is being shared. For example, if someone shares hateful imagery under a Tweet, the content will be automatically hidden, and there are chances of the account being permanently banned.

Why does Twitter display ‘This Tweet might include sensitive content’ warning?

If a user marks their Tweet as sensitive or if Twitter detects the Tweet to contain sensitive media, the platform displays the said warning. Also, the warning allows the users to choose if they would like to view or ignore the content posted. 

There will be several accounts on the platform that post sensitive content regularly. If you happen to visit such accounts, Twitter will display a warning along the lines of, “Caution: This profile may include potentially sensitive content. You’re seeing this message because they Tweet potentially sensitive images or language. Do you still want to view it?” Again, you have a choice to view this content, which is also the purpose of displaying this warning.

How to see sensitive content in Twitter on iPhone and web

Please note that you cannot enable the setting that lets you view sensitive content by default using the Twitter app for iPhone. This is because the setting is not displayed or, so to say, not available within the iPhone app. In this case, iPhone and Mac users need to follow very similar steps to enable the “Display media that may contain sensitive content” setting. Here’s how:

  1. Open Safari or any web browser and log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Tap your Profile Picture at the top left corner.
    If you’re on a Mac, click the More option located right above the Tweet on the left. 
  3. Navigate to Settings and Support
  4. Select Settings and privacy

    Select Settings and privacy on Twitter
  5. Tap Privacy and safety
  6. Now, tap Content you see
  7. On the next page, select the checkbox for Display media that may contain sensitive content

    How to See Sensitive Content on Twitter on iPhone

How to allow sensitive content in searches on Twitter

Content that is marked as sensitive and accounts that frequently post sensitive content do not appear under searches by default. This is because the Hide Sensitive Content setting is enabled by default within the privacy settings of your account. If you would like to disable this setting, follow the steps listed below. 

(Note: These settings are not available on the Twitter application for iPhone. However, you can follow these steps using a web browser on any device.)

  1. Open Safari or any web browser of your choice. 
  2. Log in to your Twitter account.
  3. Tap your Profile Picture at the top left corner if you’re on an iPhone or any other smartphone. Or click the More option located right above the Tweet on the left if you’re on a Mac or Windows device. 
  4. Navigate to Settings and Support
  5. Select Settings and privacy
  6. Tap Privacy and safety
  7. Now, tap Content you see
  8. Tap Search settings

    Tap Search settings to enable Sensitive Content on Twitter
  9. Deselect the Hide sensitive content checkbox.

     How to enable Sensitive Content in Search settings on Twitter

You can now search for Tweets or accounts that potentially display sensitive content. 

Disable sensitive content warning for your own Tweets

If you Tweet regularly, but your Tweets do not generate any reach at all, there is a possibility that you might have accidentally turned on the sensitive content warning for your own Tweets. Twitter not only gives users a choice to view or ignore sensitive content, but it also ensures restriction of this content from showing up in other users’ timelines or under search results. If you do not post sensitive content, you might want to disable this setting. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

  1. Open the Twitter app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your Profile Picture at the top left corner.
  3. Select Settings and supportSettings and privacy
  4. Now, tap Privacy and safety
  5. Select the Your Tweets option. 
  6. Now, turn off the Mark media your Tweet as containing material that may be sensitive toggle. 

    Disable Sensitive Content Warning for your own Tweets

And that’s a wrap!

As of writing this article, it’s been less than a week since Elon Musk took over Twitter. I’m sure he’ll be making several changes to the platform shortly. Whether these changes will be for the better or worse is yet to be known. However, as and when these changes take place, I’ll ensure to update the article.

If you have any other doubts regarding this article or about how to change or navigate through Twitter settings, leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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