A new field you'll encounter in tweet objects with the REST & Streaming APIs

episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

Hi Developers,

Beginning today you may notice a new boolean field in API responses & streams containing tweets: "possibly_sensitive". This new field will only surface when a tweet contains a link. The meaning of the field doesn't pertain to the tweet content itself, but instead it is an indicator that the URL contained in the tweet may contain content or media identified as sensitive content. During this initial testing phase, there's nothing you need to do with this field and the field values cannot be relied on for accuracy. In the future, we'll have a family of additional API methods & fields for handling end-user "media settings" and possibly sensitive content.

If you're curious how this field will ultimately be used, we recommend that you read the following user support articles:

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns not answered by the support articles above.

Thanks!
Taylor Singletary
Twitter Platform team

2 years 37 weeks ago

Replies

sunnyismoi
@sunnyismoi Sunny Singh

How do you define "sensitive content?" Does it contain profanity or something?

Nevermind, your first link answered my question. I didn't know it relied on a setting. There should be a way for me to delete my replies by the way.

2 years 37 weeks ago
drunkengrass
@drunkengrass Matthew Mansfield

NSFW type of content. This isn't a hard concept to grasp.

2 years 37 weeks ago
ninjamonk
@ninjamonk Darren Stuart

I can't say I ever seen any tweets that are NSFW but a bigger problem is spam for most users if they mention a product or service so the big question can we expect this functionality for indicating if a tweet might be spam or not anytime soon?

Cheers :)

2 years 37 weeks ago
ForrestBlack
@ForrestBlack Forrest Black

Can we see who flagged a post? Is there a penalty for prudes and spiteful jerks if they flag non-sensitive or barely sensitive posts in an abusive manner? Following your Abusive Users policy requires we know who the harasser is.

Isn't the point of Twitter centered around the fact that if you don't like what someone is saying, you don't have to follow them? There is a possibly sensitive link, it's called 'unfollow'

2 years 37 weeks ago
richardhyland
@richardhyland Richard Hyland

I agree on knowing who marked as sensitive.

Although there are a number of times I've seen 'celebrities' post some very good tweets and are funny to follow only to also post images that I wouldn't like my children to look at so allowing clients and all official apps to have a pseudo parental mode would be a great idea

2 years 37 weeks ago
ForrestBlack
@ForrestBlack Forrest Black

I don't think I should be forced to live within the sensitivity level of your children or face having a significantly curtailed account for myself. Why should my account be relegated to some tripple-X redlight district people would have to opt into just to see, because you didn't control your access? Not trying to be rude, but for the sake of this debate, your children are not my responsibility. I can't tell you how to raise them or the values you should give them or even know what trips your sensitivity meter, so why do you get to do that to me? If you kids see things they shouldn't, wouldn't it make more sense to curtail your access, not mine? (and I'm not really attacking you, I think we kind of agree, I just don't want to get put into some porn ghetto wasteland because someone in Singapore didn't like my decadent lifestyle or whatever.)

2 years 37 weeks ago
TammyKFennell
@TammyKFennell Tammy Kahn Fennell

I agree. I am always very wary of these sorts of things because before you know it free speech gets the boot.

It's a tough situation, but I'm always for the free market. Twitter is ideal for letting the market decide - if someone is horrible, they will have no followers. And if they have a lot of followers well then I guess a lot of people want to see what they have to say. It doesn't mean I'll let my son read it...

I'm nervous this could be the first step to closing a once very open community to free speech and multiple points of view?

2 years 36 weeks ago
TammyKFennell
@TammyKFennell Tammy Kahn Fennell

You inspired me to write a post:
http://socialmediatoday.com/marketmesuite/328835/your-children-are-not-my-responsibility-twitter

Thanks @ForrestBlack :)

2 years 36 weeks ago
johndburger
@johndburger John Burger

Did anyone actually read the links? Users self-identify that they might post sensitive content, and thereafter any of their tweets with a link gets the flag.

1 year 19 weeks ago
jkalucki
@jkalucki John Kalucki

Thanks for all the thoughtful feedback.

Just a few notes: Unfollow doesn't work for search results, mentions, or for any other selection of tweets that is not strictly based upon your followings. Even with your followings, for example, a news organization may wish to occasionally signal graphic content to its followers, but not wish to lose you as a follower. Potentially, this allows the writer to balance journalistic expression in a manner consistent with an account with broad reach.

Twitter has consistently and publicly taken a strong stand on freedom of expression. For example, see this recent blog post, "The Tweets Must Flow". http://blog.twitter.com/2011/01/tweets-must-flow.html

2 years 36 weeks ago
gias_shrabon
@gias_shrabon Giasuddin Shrabon

Dear Concern,

I did mistakenly Revoke Access to Snaptu. Therefore cannot open my Twitter from my mobile phone with Snaptu application. Please suggest me how can I get access from Snapu through my mobile phone.

2 years 36 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

Hi @gias_shrabon - you should contact Snaptu for support. Their application should have a means for you to reauthenticate.

2 years 36 weeks ago
i_toreepf_co
@i_toreepf_co Mic tFree. Jr.

please me snaptu to setup my site on twitter

2 years 32 weeks ago
IDisposable
@IDisposable Marc Brooks

As with most things, an example of what the data value would be needs to be provided. Are we talking a trueish value, an enumeration-like list, a text blob, what?

2 years 31 weeks ago
gayakwad
@gayakwad Abhishek Gayakwad

really nice to see this post, till now I am unable to find this flag in search API response. Is it even applicable for search API response ?

2 years 3 weeks ago
episod
@episod Taylor Singletary

This field is not in the Search API -- likely will not be until it is part of the proper REST API.

2 years 3 weeks ago