What Does NSFW Mean On Discord? [Answered]

NSFW refers to explicit, violent, or sensitive content on Discord. So, there are many requirements for one to view this type of content.

Updated on Dec 14, 2023
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What Does NSFW Mean On Discord? [Answered]

What Does NSFW Stand For?

“NSFW” is an internet term that has surfaced for a long time, which stands for “Not Safe For Work”. As the acronym suggests, NSFW posts or messages are content that should not be opened during work, school, public places, or on your work devices. However, Discord has slightly altered the acronym in their application, changing it to “Not Suitable For Wumpus”. Wumpus is Discord’s mascot, and the NSFW meaning stays the same.

What Type Of Discord Content Is “NSFW”?

Different types of content fall under the NSFW category, but generally, things should not be opened in public and are usually age restricted. Some examples of NSFW content include:

  • Explicit Content - Includes inappropriate contentography and sexually explicit images and videos.

  • Violence and Gore - Graphic and violent content, including extreme violence, gore, or other disturbing media.

  • Offensive Content and Hate Speech - Content that promotes hatred and discrimination towards individuals or communities, including race, religion, gender, ethnicity, etc.

  • Sensitive Topics - Content that surrounds sensitive topics such as suic*de, self-harm, and other disturbing topics.

Simply put, it’s content that young audiences should not consume, and you don’t want to be caught looking at any NSFW content while you’re out in a professional or public setting.

Discord NSFW Rules And Policies

Overall, NSFW content is allowed on Discord servers. However, these messages must only be sent in text channels marked as NSFW channels. When people try to open an NSFW channel, they will be warned that it is an age restricted channel and Discord will ask you if you want to proceed.


age restricted channel

Here are a few things worth nothing surrounding NSFW content on Discord:

  • You must be 18 years or older to access channels with the NSFW tag. The age confirmation comes from your birth date, which is linked to your account.

  • NSFW content is prohibited on a partnered Discord server, which is usually a public Discord server with tens of thousands of members. If you’re on a private server, you’re good to go.

  • Any NSFW content should occur only in adequately marked channels. You can learn how to create NSFW channels here. If caught sending outside NSFW channels, Discord could take action.

How To Hide NSFW Content On Discord

If you’re not willing to see NSFW content on Discord, the application provides measures to hide these types of media. To prevent yourself from viewing NSFW content on accident, refer to the steps below.

Hide NSFW Content On Discord Desktop

Here’s how you can easily hide NSFW content on your Discord Desktop app:

  1. Go to your Settings tab by clicking the Gear Icon next to your name.

  2. Under User Settings, click on Privacy & Safety.

  3. Under “Explicit Image Filter”, check the “Filter All Direct Messages” box


Hide NSFW Content On Discord Desktop Step 1


Hide NSFW Content On Discord Desktop Step 2

Any NSFW content people try to send you in your direct messages will be blocked by changing this option.

To avoid NSFW content on Discord servers, simply click off the channel when it warns you that it is a channel marked with NSFW content. If people send NSFW content outside of NSFW channels, report them to the Discord authorities.

Hide NSFW Content On Discord Mobile

The process of hiding NSFW content on Discord Mobile is very similar to doing it on a Desktop:


Hide NSFW Content On Discord Mobile Step 1

  1. At the bottom of Discord, click on your Profile Icon on the bottom right.

  2. Go to the Privacy & Safety Section.

  3. Under “Explicit Image Filter”, check the box that says “Filter All Direct Messages”.


Hide NSFW Content On Discord Mobile Step 2


Hide NSFW Content On Discord Mobile Step 3

And there you go! Very simple steps, right?

In conclusion, NSFW content is allowed on Discord, but only to users who have verified that they are 18 or older. NSFW content is only accessible in text channels that are age restricted and should not be sent in public text channels where minors could be in.

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