Where do you think children can find porn? Adult websites? Wrong. Nowadays, kids can access porn so much easier, all they need to do is get on Twitter. So whenever you see your child scrolling on Twitter’s feed, don’t turn away just yet. They may be looking for 18+ content.

Parents can easily block adult sites, but what about Twitter? Despite Twitter porn, Twitter is still a social site for your kids to connect with their friends. So, how to block porn on Twitter? Read this blog now to tackle this tricky problem and create a healthy online environment for your children!

Why does Twitter allow porn?

Unlike tightly censored social networks like Facebook or Instagram, Twitter theoretically strikes a balance between moderate control of content and giving users free speech.

Therefore, your child is completely able to be exposed to sensitive content when using Twitter. To restrict young users from exposure to inappropriate content, Twitter has a content regulation but it is not strict enough.

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Twitter, for example, does not allow the posting of violent, gore or adult content on images, live broadcast videos, or personal account names. In other words, users can completely circumvent by not publicizing this content. So those who search on purpose can find pornography. Besides Twitter, Tumblr is also a potential danger to your children.

Moreover, Twitter also allows users to share gore, violent and pornographic images in the Tweet only if they mark this content as sensitive. This marking is done by the user himself, not automatically by Twitter, unless another user reports a violation of this content.

Those who purposefully search for this content will not report the violation. Although the content marked as sensitive, it does not have an age limit. Consequently, your child can completely access Twitter porn.

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Can your child find Twitter Porn?

Twitter’s search function is like Google. The terms which are commonly searched such as “porn” provide a multitude of results and similar spellings are found, such as “p0rn”.

However, due to the content management method of Twitter mentioned above, without the need to use similar spelling, sensitive content still appears. For example, when a quick search for “anime porn movies”, Twitter will display it immediately.

Children can still learn about pornography on Twitter through other platforms. For example, if your kid searches for #twitterporn on TikTok, there are plenty of videos of tricks to find it.

You will also come across videos where teens confess Twitter is a better porn platform than traditional porn sites like Pornhub. Those videos go viral to other teenagers about Twitter Porn.

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And of course, Twitter is not an adult movie website, it is a social network. As a result, like tweets on Twitter, pornography is found in the form of short snippets, still images, GIFs or short videos.

There will be a description of those pictures, and your child will be able to access links to external sites on Twitter. From here, your child will increasingly engage in age-inappropriate content.

It is also important that even if your child must be at least 13 years old to sign up for an account on Twitter, he or she will still be able to view all content on Twitter through a regular search browser like Google, without signing up.

How to block porn on Twitter?

You can’t limit sensitive, inappropriate content on Twitter

You follow the steps below:

  1. Select “More” on the left menu bar
  2. Select “Settings and Privacy”
  3. Select “Privacy and Safety”
  4. Select “Content you see”
  5. Make sure “Display media that may contain sensitive contents” is unchecked so that your kids don’t see inappropriate content. You can also instruct your child to manage your child’s list of people your child has blocked, mute, and your child’s list of muted words, in this menu.

However, many parents believe that this feature sometimes does not work, especially with content that contains images and videos.

To limit search results containing inappropriate content, under “Content you see”, select “Search setting” and make sure “Hide sensitive content” is always on.

Filter inappropriate words

You follow the steps below:

  1. Select “More” on the left menu bar
  2. Select “Settings and Privacy”
  3. Select “Privacy and Safety”
  4. Select “Mute and Block”
  5. Select “Muted words”

6. Select Add

7. Type in keywords that you don’t want your child to see. The example here is the word sexy. These hidden words are applicable to all subjects and forever.

This feature can be applied to words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags starting with # up to the maximum number of characters. You can read more about how to use Twitter’s hidden words feature. For hashtags, your child can mute any hashtags that show up in the feed that your child doesn’t want to see. Just click on the hashtag # and select Mute.

Talking, talking and talking

According to a recent survey, nearly 72 out of every 100 pre-teens, and for every 100 teenagers, 85 access pornography (sex, nudity, and semi-nudity) on the Internet. For many kids, and most likely for your kids, some of this content may come from Twitter due to their lax content management policies.

Therefore, apart from learning how to block porn on Twitter, it is important to educate your child about pornography, explaining to them how pornography negatively affects their brainhow sex makes them feel bad about their body.

Parents also need to create strong relationships with your child, give them trust that you are always there whenever they need you without being scolded or judged, even on the most complex and sensitive issues.

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While Twitter does have a safe search filtering option for all accounts, allowing sensitive content to be hidden (pornography, violent images, etc.), your child can still turn it off at any time without your permission.

With millions of harmful sites creeping into the Internet every hour, every minute, even if your kids are not curious, they are still at an extremely high risk of accessing them, which leads to porn addiction, poor academic performance, or imitation of dangerous behaviors. 

No parent wants that to happen!

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  • Content with aggressive elements, hurting others like Hate speech

This free tool can help you minimize your child’s access to harmful content, ensuring a healthy online environment but at same time, still respecting their privacy rights.

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