Twitter media policy

Graphic violence and adult content: Twitter allows some forms of graphic violence and/or adult content in Tweets marked as containing sensitive media. However, you may not use such content in live video, your profile or header images. Additionally, Twitter may sometimes require you to remove excessively graphic violence. Read more about how we define graphic violence and adult content and how to mark your media as sensitive

Media depicting deceased individuals: We may require you to remove media that depicts the death of an identifiable individual if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative. Learn more about how to make such a request.

Intimate media: You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted. Note: limited exceptions may apply if there is clear context that the interaction is consensual. Read more about intimate media on Twitter.

Rationale

While we want people to feel empowered to share media that reflects their creativity or individuality, or to show what’s happening in the world, we have heard feedback from people that they don’t want to be exposed to sensitive media inadvertently. Additionally, research has shown that repeated exposure to violent content online may negatively impact an individual’s wellbeing.

For this reason, we place media containing adult content, graphic violence, or hateful imagery behind an interstitial (warning message). This enables us to advise viewers that they may view sensitive media if they click through, helping those who do not wish to see it make an informed decision. However, you may not include this type of content in live video, or in profile or header images. Learn more about how to control whether you see sensitive media.  

Additionally, we may sometimes require you to remove media containing excessively graphic violence or media that depicts the death of an identifiable individual, if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative. 

Finally, media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted. Note: limited exceptions may apply if there is clear context that the interaction is consensual (e.g., consensual sexual violence depicted between actors in television shows or movies).

Learn more about reporting sensitive media.

When this applies 

Graphic violence 
We consider graphic violence to be any media that depicts death, violence, surgical procedures or serious injury in graphic detail. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • gruesome crime or accident scenes; 
  • physical altercations;
  • bodily fluids including blood, feces, semen etc.;
  • serious bodily harm, including visible wounds, broken bones etc.; and
  • severely injured or mutilated animals.

Media containing graphic violence is not permitted within live video, profile or header images. All other instances of graphic violence should be marked as sensitive media. 

Gratuitous gore
We consider gratuitous gore to be any media that depicts excessively graphic or gruesome depictions of death, violence or severe physical harm. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • dismembered or mutilated humans;
  • charred or burned human remains;
  • exposed internal organs or bones;
  • animal torture or killing;
    • Please note that exceptions may be made for religious sacrifice, food preparation or processing, and hunting.

Excessively gruesome media is subject to removal. Note: limited exceptions may apply if media relates to a newsworthy event. Sharing this type of content with sadistic or otherwise abusive intent is actionable under our glorification of violence policy

Moment of death
Out of respect for the deceased, we may ask you to remove media that depicts an identifiable deceased individual, upon request from family members or an authorized representative. This includes media depicting the moment at, immediately before, or after which someone dies, when the individual’s identity is made clear, whether by name, face, or other specific identifier. Learn more about how to make such a request.

Adult content
We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • full or partial nudity, including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts;
    • Please note that exceptions may be made for artistic, medical, health, or educational content. Breastfeeding content does not need to be marked as sensitive. 
  • simulating a sexual act; or
  • intercourse or any other sexual act, involving humans, depictions of animals with human-like features, cartoons, hentai or anime.

Media containing adult content is not permitted within live video, profile or header images. All other instances of adult content should be marked as sensitive media. Adult content created or shared without the consent of those depicted, or media that depicts sexual violence or assault is subject to removal under our intimate media policy.

Do I need to be the target of this content for it to be a violation of the Twitter Rules?

No, we review both first-person and bystander reports of such content.

Consequences

We encourage users who Tweet media containing graphic violence and adult content to mark their account as sharing potentially sensitive media via the safety page within account settings. When this content is reported to our team for review, we will manually apply an interstitial (warning message).

Including sensitive media in live video, header or profile images is a violation of our media policy. Those in violation will be required to remove this media from their account and may be asked to verify their contact information or serve a period of time-out before they can use their account again. Subsequent violations may result in permanent account suspension. Learn more about our range of enforcement options. If someone believes their account was suspended in error, they can submit an appeal.

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