How to see private content on Twitter

Although Twitter is a fairly advanced social media application, it is not completely free of objectionable and NFSW content. Therefore, Twitter marks such tweets as confidential content and hides it from the user. However, some tweets are mislabeled, and if you want to access them or don’t mind seeing such content in general, here’s how to see sensitive content on Twitter.

Twitter provides the option to either disable or enable sensitive content on Twitter. In this article, we will guide you to use this switch in both the web version and the mobile app. But before that, let’s understand what confidential content means.

What is sensitive content on Twitter

Whenever a user uploads an image to a tweet, they are allowed to provide information about the nature of the tweet. That way, if a user decides to tweet about something that requires notification to viewers, such as sensitive or objectionable content, they can mark their media preferences accordingly.

And once they do, Twitter takes note and marks it as sensitive content. So when a user sees such a tweet, they see an indication that says “The following media contains potentially confidential content.” Now you will only be able to see an image or video on Twitter after clicking Show.

However, as mentioned earlier, some tweets may be incorrectly flagged as sensitive, so you may wish to disable this flag. Here’s how you can do it.

A note: Unfortunately, these controls are not yet available in the iPhone app. However, you can use Twitter in Safari to change your privacy settings and the same will be reflected in your iPhone app.

How to view sensitive content on Twitter

Here are the steps to enable the switch to view sensitive content on Twitter. Let’s see how to do this on the web version of Twitter.

Allow confidential content on Twitter

Step 1: Tap the three-dot icon on the Twitter home screen.

step 2: Click on “Settings & Privacy” under “Settings & Support”

step 3: Click on Privacy & Security.

Step 4: Select “Content you see”.

step 5: Now uncheck the box next to “Show media that may contain sensitive content”.

Next, let’s see how to enable this option in the Twitter mobile app. Please note that this option is unfortunately not available for the iPhone app.

Enable confidential content on Twitter on Android

Step 1: Tap your profile picture and select Settings & Privacy.

step 2: Now click on Privacy & Security and select Content You See.

step 3: Make sure you turn on the “Show media that may contain sensitive content” switch.

Here’s how you can see tweets with sensitive content in your feed. However, if you also want to enable private tweets when searching on Twitter, read the next section of this article.

How to allow sensitive content in Twitter searches

Here’s how you can see sensitive content in Twitter searches, and we’ve provided methods for both the web version and the app. However, this option is only available for the Android app, not the iPhone.

Change privacy settings for Twitter web searches

Step 1: Tap the three-dot icon on the Twitter home screen.

step 2: Click on “Settings & Privacy” under “Settings & Support”

step 3: Go to Privacy & Security and select Content You See.

Step 4: Now select Search Settings.

step 5: Don’t forget to uncheck the box next to “Hide sensitive content”.

Now let’s take a look at the procedure for the Twitter app on Android.

Include sensitive content in Twitter searches with the Android app

Step 1: Tap your profile picture and select Settings & Privacy.

step 2: Now click on Privacy & Security.

step 3: Select “Content you see.”

Step 4: Tap Search settings.

step 5: Turn off the “Hide sensitive content” switch.

That’s it! You will be able to view sensitive content through Twitter search. Next, let’s see how to mark tweets as sensitive.

How to change Twitter’s sensitive content settings for your tweets

If you add sensitive media to your tweets, you must notify Twitter of their nature. So, if you want to mark media in your tweets as sensitive content, here’s how you can do it.

Enable sensitive content settings for your tweets online

Step 1: Tap the three-dot icon on the Twitter home screen.

step 2: Click on “Settings & Privacy” under “Settings & Support”

step 3: Click on Privacy & Security. Select your tweets.

Step 4: Select the option to “Mark media you tweet as potentially sensitive”.

Now let’s look at the steps for the mobile app. This option, however, is available for Android and iPhone apps.

Change Twitter’s privacy settings for your tweets in the mobile app

Step 1: Tap your profile picture and select Settings & Privacy.

step 2: Now click on “Privacy & Security” and select “Your Tweets”.

Step 4: Now turn on the “Mark the media you’re tweeting as potentially sensitive” switch to show it as sensitive content on Twitter.

This is everything you need to know about sensitive content on Twitter. However, if you have any questions, you can take a look at the frequently asked questions section below.

Frequently asked questions about Twitter’s confidential content

1. Is confidential content safe?

Yes, sensitive content is safe on Twitter. However, the content and information within the media may be unpleasant or disturbing.

2. Do I need to enter my date of birth on Twitter?

Yes, you need to enter your date of birth when signing up for Twitter in order for content to be effectively moderated.

View sensitive content on Twitter

Here’s how to view sensitive content on Twitter and manage the controls. However, we hope that Twitter will release these features in the iPhone app as well. Perhaps this is a nice little suggestion from us to Elon Musk? We can only wait and watch.