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Synonyms: SFW, safe-for-work, SFVV
See also: NSFW, mature content, explicit, NC-17, NSFVV
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Worksafe (or safe-for-work/SFW) is a term originally used to denote content deemed tame enough to be viewed on a computer at one's job.

The antonym is Not Safe For Work aka NSFW: a warning that something—usually sexual images—may be embarrassing or worse if the viewer clicks the link or scrolls down. It was first used to indicate content that should be viewed with discretion--and probably not at work--and later became widely used to mean sexually explicit content. It also grew to encompass non-explicit content with kink themes or common "DNI" topics such as incest, non-con, or underage content, even if the work itself had no overtly objectionable elements.

Many communities have strict rules about NSFW images, warnings, and even Icons.

NSFW fandom tagging

Some fandoms agree on an alternate tag to be used on NSFW fanart, so that it does not inadvertently come up in a "normal" search for the show.


NSFW filtering policies in Fannish Communities

Archive of Our Own

Archive of Our Own displays a warning every time if a users tries to access a work tagged as "Explicit". Logged in users can deactivate the warning.


DeviantArt also uses a filter option that won't show works tagged as mature content to guest users.

What are DeviantArt policies on nudity?

Submissions depicting nudity are allowed providing that the model is eighteen (18) years of age or older and providing that the image is not determined to be obscene or pornographic as detailed elsewhere in the FAQ.

All images containing nudity must be tagged as Mature Content upon submission. The DeviantArt staff reserves the right to mark any work with a general mature content tag if it is deemed by that staff member to require one.


Prior to December 2018, Tumblr had options for NSFW filtering and would automatically enforce this filtering on users who had indicated they were under age 18.

However, on December 3, 2018, Tumblr announced that a full NSFW ban would go into effect on December 17, banning "photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts" (see Tumblr NSFW Content Purge). Staff specified that users could still freely post "exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery", as well as "Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations".[1]

The ban resulted in many NSFW artists moving off site to Twitter, Newgrounds, and other NSFW friendly websites. For those NSFW artists who stayed, artists began either posting partially censored NSFW art or simply not tagging NSFW art. This is because the tag "NSFW" will keep posts from showing up under any other tag, de-incentivizing artists from tagging their work as NSFW if they wanted anyone to see their work at all.


Twitter also allows filtering of posts containing so-called "sensitive media" (defined by Twitter as "violent and adult content"). If this filter option is activated in the user's account settings, sensitive images and videos are hidden behind an interstitial warning message, that needs to be actively bypassed before it is shown to that user.

Although NSFW content is allowed as "sensitive media", Twitter's policy prohibits any media depicting "violent sexual conduct" or "gratuitous gore" as well as prohibiting "hateful imagery".[2]


On Pixiv, images must be rated by the uploader as "all-ages", "R-18" (sexually explicit), or "R-18G" ("extreme violence, blood, gore and disturbing elements that causes any viewer to feel disgusted").[3] The latter two ratings can be filtered out by users browsing artwork.


Due to censoring policies and self-policing, it can be common especially among younger users to tag with NSFVV or SFVV - similar to how one might type d!e or unalive instead of die.

See also

Meta/Further Reading


  1. ^ Adult content, Tumblr staff, December 3, 2018
  2. ^ Twitter media policy, March 2019. Accessed June 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "R-18G". pixiv Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 6 June 2019.