How to disable offensive content filtering for your Twitter news feed

By , Oct 25, 2016

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By default, Twitter takes viewer discretion into consideration and imposes censorship on content that some users may find hurtful or offensive, but not everyone feels they need to be censored. Some people would prefer to view their Twitter feed in full without it.

For anyone who doesn’t like the censored Twitter feed experience, there is a way to disable the feature so you’ll always see everything that pops up in your Twitter feed. We’ll show you how in this tutorial.

What does censored content look like?

When you’re looking at something that has been flagged as offensive by Twitter, the social network will try to hide it and you’ll see a prompt like the one below:

Sensitive Material Twitter

Whether or not the content is actually offensive remains to be seen, but in my experience, most of the stuff I find censored really isn’t offensive to me at all, so I go ahead and disable the feature so I can see everything up front.

Disabling censored content on Twitter

If you’re ready to disable censored content on Twitter, you can follow one of two methods from the website. We’ll show you each below.

Method one: from the prompt

If you happen to see censored media in your Twitter feed, follow these steps to disable censorship permanently:

1) Click on the blue Media Settings link that appears in a prompt in your Twitter feed:

Twitter Media Settings

2) When your Account Settings page loads up, scroll down and put a check in the box entitled Do not inform me before showing media that may be sensitive:

Twitter Do Not Inform Sensitive Material

3) Click on the blue Save changes button.

4) Enter your Twitter password, if prompted, and click on the blue Save changes button again:

Twitter Account Settings Password

Method two: from your account settings

If you haven’t yet seen a censorship prompt in your Twitter feed, but you want to go ahead and disable these censorship prompts permanently from the get-go, then follow these steps instead:

1) Click on your profile image at the top right of the Twitter web page.

2) Click on the Settings option:

Twitter Account Settings

3) Scroll down in the Account Settings page and put a check in the box entitled Do not inform me before showing media that may be sensitive:

Twitter Do Not Inform Sensitive Material

4) Click on the blue Save changes button.

5) If you’re prompted to enter your password, go ahead and do so and then click on the blue Save changes button once more:

Twitter Account Settings Password

After following either one of these methods, you have now disabled censorship from your Twitter feed.

You can easily re-enable it if you see something you don’t like by going back into your account settings, removing the check mark you placed, and saving your changes.

Should you do it?

Honestly, I can’t answer this question for you. Some people have thicker skin than others. Like I noted earlier in the post, I’ve never really seen anything on Twitter that was so offensive I felt the need to hide it.

I’ve always been a big advocator of freedom of speech, so maybe that has something to do with my views, but ultimately this is a choice you have to make based on how much you feel you can handle from the internet.

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Have you disabled sensitive content censorship for your Twitter account? Share why or why not in the comments below!

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  • Lisa Loftus

    I think this feature is great for those that experience trolling