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Twitter blocks some tweets with a “potentially sensitive content” warning. You can disable this warning—even on an iPhone or iPad, where the option isn’t normally available. You can also disable sensitive content warnings on your own tweets.

What Is “Sensitive Content?”

Twitter says this warning label is for “potentially sensitive content . . . such as violence or nudity.”

To be blunt, Twitter is a more anything-goes social network compared to Facebook. While Twitter’s sensitive media policy does ban “excessively gory” media, “media depicting sexual violence,” and illegal content, almost anything else goes.

By default, Twitter restricts this media with a warning like, “This media may contain sensitive material,” “This profile may include potentially sensitive content,” or “The following media includes potentially sensitive content.”

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you’ll need to create one and sign in to change this setting.

How to Skip the “Sensitive Content” Warning

You disable the Sensitive Content warning from Twitter’s privacy settings. You’ll also find these options in the same place in the Android app, but they’re not available in the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad. If you change the setting on the web, however, the Twitter iPhone and iPad apps will show you sensitive content without any warnings.

To disable the warning, head to the Twitter website and click menu > Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety.

Under Safety, enable the “Display Media That May Contain Sensitive Content” option to disable the warning for tweets.

Disabling the sensitive content message on Twitter

How to Show “Sensitive Content” in Searches

Tweets with sensitive content are normally hidden from searches, but you can enable them if you prefer.

To do so, go to the Twitter website and click menu > Settings and Privacy > Content Preferences > Search Settings. Uncheck “Hide Sensitive Content” here.

Viewing sensitive content in Twitter searches

How to Remove the Warning from Your Own Tweets

To stop Twitter from marking media you upload as sensitive, choose menu > Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety. Ensure “Mark Media You Tweet as Containing Material That May Be sensitive” is unchecked.

This option is available on the web and in the Android app but not in the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad.

Note that Twitter reserves the right to permanently enable this option for your account if you abuse this option and upload sensitive media without tagging it as such. If you can’t disable it, that’s why.

Stopping your own tweets from being marked as sensitive content

If you don’t want to see sensitive content, don’t worry—that’s the default setting on Twitter. Just ensure the “Display Media That May Contain Sensitive Content” option is disabled and the “Hide Sensitive Content” option for searches is enabled.

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