What does NSFW mean? Understanding the internet shorthand used to describe content that’s not suitable in professional settings

Internet acronym NSFW on keyboard keys with blue background
NSFW means “not safe for work.”

  • NSFW is an internet acronym that means “not safe for work.”
  • NSFW often serves as a content warning, urging the viewer to use discretion or avoid the post or image when they are in a professional or public setting.
  • On the more extreme end, content may carry a NSFL (not safe for life) tag to warn about potentially disturbing content.
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If you’ve spent any time on social media or in forums that occasionally feature edgy or explicit content, you’ve likely encountered the acronym, NSFW, that commonly denotes such material.

What NSFW means

NSFW stands for “not safe for work.” The acronym is a common warning for internet content considered to be inappropriate for viewing at work or in public.

A NSFW tag conveys that, unless you’re OK with risking a conversation with the HR department, you should avoid looking at this content on a work computer or in the presence of other people.

The NSFW tag began mostly as a reference to warn about sexual content, nudity, or violence, but has evolved to encompass a range of delicate and potentially triggering content for the viewer.

NSFW is often attached, in an abundance of caution, to any link or image – even one that’s contextually innocent – that might raise eyebrows. For example, a page about cleaning on Reddit might include the NSFW tag to a photo of a dirty toilet.

Speaking of Reddit, the social media site is one of the most common places you’ll see the NSFW tag. You might also see NSFW used more informally, like typed in at the top of a Facebook post, or more formally, where an entire Discord server or channel can be designated as NSFW.

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Be cautious when using Reddit on work devices as some content is NSFW.

What NSFL means

On the internet, there are videos and images that extend beyond NSFW – explicit content that’s often more graphic and disturbing. Fortunately, there is also a “not safe for life” (NSFL) tag that provides an elevated trigger warning.

While viewing NSFW content might embarrass you or cause you to be reprimanded, NSFL images or videos have the potential to upset or severely trigger you. Some examples of NSFL content might be a video where a person’s death was captured on film, or an image that’s not violent in nature but graphic nonetheless, like medical procedures.

What SFW means

You will also occasionally see online content with a “safe for work” (SFW) designation. Generally, these tags are attached to posts with titles that seem NSFW in nature, but actually aren’t.

For instance, you might see a Reddit post with an image titled, “I got poison ivy in the worst possible place…” with a SFW tag, indicating the body part in the image isn’t graphic in nature and generally safe to view in the presence of others.

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What does NSFW mean? A guide to the internet acronym for content that’s not suitable in professional settings, and terms related to it

Internet acronym NSFW on keyboard keys with blue background
NSFW means “not safe for work.”

  • NSFW is an internet acronym that means “not safe for work.”
  • NSFW often serves as a content warning, urging the viewer to use discretion or avoid the post or image when they are in a professional or public setting.
  • On the more extreme end, content may carry a NSFL (not safe for life) tag to warn about potentially disturbing content.
  • Visit Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories.

If you’ve spent any time on social media or in forums that occasionally feature edgy or explicit content, you’ve likely encountered the acronym, NSFW, that commonly denotes such material.

What NSFW means

NSFW stands for “not safe for work.” The acronym is a common warning for internet content considered to be inappropriate for viewing at work or in public.

A NSFW tag conveys that, unless you’re OK with risking a conversation with the HR department, you should avoid looking at this content on a work computer or in the presence of other people.

The NSFW tag began mostly as a reference to warn about sexual content, nudity, or violence, but has evolved to encompass a range of delicate and potentially triggering content for the viewer.

NSFW is often attached, in an abundance of caution, to any link or image – even one that’s contextually innocent – that might raise eyebrows. For example, a page about cleaning on Reddit might include the NSFW tag to a photo of a dirty toilet.

Speaking of Reddit, the social media site is one of the most common places you’ll see the NSFW tag. You might also see NSFW used more informally, like typed in at the top of a Facebook post, or more formally, where an entire Discord server or channel can be designated as NSFW.

Reddit screen on laptop with smartphone reddit logo
Be cautious when using Reddit on work devices as some content is NSFW.

What NSFL means

On the internet, there are videos and images that extend beyond NSFW – explicit content that’s often more graphic and disturbing. Fortunately, there is also a “not safe for life” (NSFL) tag that provides an elevated trigger warning.

While viewing NSFW content might embarrass you or cause you to be reprimanded, NSFL images or videos have the potential to upset or severely trigger you. Some examples of NSFL content might be a video where a person’s death was captured on film, or an image that’s not violent in nature but graphic nonetheless, like medical procedures.

What SFW means

You will also occasionally see online content with a “safe for work” (SFW) designation. Generally, these tags are attached to posts with titles that seem NSFW in nature, but actually aren’t.

For instance, you might see a Reddit post with an image titled, “I got poison ivy in the worst possible place…” with a SFW tag, indicating the body part in the image isn’t graphic in nature and generally safe to view in the presence of others.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mailchimp CEO says ‘we have work to do’ on pay equity after company denies bias allegations

GettyImages 1178857927 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: Mailchimp Co-founder & CEO Ben Chestnut speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 at Moscone Convention Center on October 03, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut.

Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut responded on Friday to allegations of gender discrimination and harassment at the company, telling employees in an email that “we have work to do” on pay equity and inclusion.

Chestnut’s email, which was seen by Insider, appeared to contradict internal messaging the company had sent just a day earlier.

Mailchimp chief people and culture officer Robin White told employees in an email Thursday the company has made its hiring, promotion, and pay processes more equitable over the years.

He also said an independent pay equity study “found that gender and race/ethnicity are not statistically significant indicators of differences in pay, and that differences in pay can be attributed to those factors we’ve established within our compensation system that are fair and reasonable.”

But Chestnut’s email on Friday appeared to show the issues are more extensive than White’s initial email acknowledged.

Both messages came in response to the resignation of principal software engineer Kelly Ellis, who accused the company of “sexism and bullying” and gender pay discrimination when she quit on Wednesday.

“The fact of the matter is that it has led to some difficult conversations and brought up some serious issues, and I want to be clear about this: I don’t want any of our employees to have a negative experience working here, and I want to know about it when it happens so we can find the problems and fix them,” Chestnut said.

“I’m also hearing that some of you have already raised concerns or pointed out problems you’re experiencing, and we haven’t made enough progress in response,” he added.

“Because a sensitive situation was shared on social media, we felt it was important to talk directly with employees to make sure they know Mailchimp does not tolerate any type of mistreatment, including discrimination, bullying, or harassment,” a Mailchimp spokesperson told Insider in a statement. “We want to combine what is an important conversation with action steps.”

However, while Chestnut’s email encouraged employees to offer feedback through various channels, it offered no concrete steps beyond promising “regular updates.”

Are you a current or former Mailchimp employee with insight to share? We’d love to hear about your experiences there. Contact this reporter using a non-work device via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 503-319-3213), email (tsonnemaker@insider.com), or Twitter (@TylerSonnemaker). We can keep sources anonymous. PR pitches by email only, please.

Read the full email Mailchimp CEO Ben Chestnut sent to employees:

Subject: Hearing your concerns

Hi everyone, I’m following up on Robin’s email from yesterday because I know this has been hard for many of you, and I want you to know that I’m listening. I won’t share the confidential details or get into a back and forth about the specific situation that came up this week, but the fact of the matter is that it has led to some difficult conversations and brought up some serious issues, and I want to be clear about this: I don’t want any of our employees to have a negative experience working here, and I want to know about it when it happens so we can find the problems and fix them.

It has always been so important to Dan and me that Mailchimp is a company where all employees feel included, respected, and safe-a place where people can do their best, most creative work. Employees experiencing anything less is unacceptable to me and all of our leaders.

I’m hearing loud and clear that we have work to do, including needing greater transparency around pay equity and an intentional focus on inclusion. I want to address these issues head-on, and I know we’ll be stronger for it. I’m asking our leadership team to prioritize these issues and work with me to fix them. What we do needs to match what we say.

I would really appreciate your candid feedback to help us get there. I’m also hearing that some of you have already raised concerns or pointed out problems you’re experiencing, and we haven’t made enough progress in response. I want everyone to feel comfortable sharing their experiences and trust that we’ll make the right adjustments. Just as bullying, harassment, and discrimination won’t be tolerated-neither will retaliation or intimidation for speaking up.

I’m having office hours every day next week, and I’ve asked the entire executive team to hold office hours too. You can sign up here [LINK]. You’re also welcome to email me directly or message me on Slack. We’ve also heard that some of you would rather submit your feedback anonymously. That’s completely understandable, and we’re working on a new way to do that that guarantees confidentiality-will follow up with details next week.

We’re going to listen hard and change fast, responding to your feedback and taking action to invest in our culture and rebuild trust. You can expect regular updates on this. We know this will require work and focus beyond the next few weeks. We’re in it for the long haul. I hope you are too.

One final note: for many of us, the last few years have been a crash course in understanding how insidious forces like racism and sexism can show up in the workplace. I know I’ve learned a great deal, and with Cris Gaskin’s help, we’ve been intentional about better educating ELT to recognize these forces so we can address them. We’re still learning, but I feel better equipped to make the changes we need going forward.

Thank you all for your commitment to making Mailchimp a great place to work. I’m grateful for you.

/bc

Ben Chestnut
Mailchimp CEO & Co-founder

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