Tipline users may sometimes send images that are disturbing or disruptive for your work. You can minimize exposure to these images by automatically detecting and sorting these images in a folder or directly sending them to trash. Use the flagging feature in your workspace rules to create these automated filters.

Unwanted images can be filtered for five categories:

  • Adult: Sexual intercourse, nudity and adult content in cartoon images, like hentai (this filter will generally not flag people in bathing suits).

  • Spoof: When a modification has been made to the original image to make it appear funny or offensive.

  • Medical: Explicit images of surgery, diseases, or body parts. This filter primarily identifies graphic photographs of open wounds, genital close-ups, and egregious disease symptoms.

  • Violence: Depictions of killing, shooting, or blood and gore.

  • Racy: May include (but is not limited to) skimpy or sheer clothing, strategically covered nudity, lewd or provocative poses, or close-ups of sensitive body areas.

To learn more about these categories read this article about filtering inappropriate content with the Cloud Vision API (Google).

Creating an image filter 

  • Click the gear workspace setting icon (1), select the ‘Rules’ tab (2) and click the ‘New rule’ button (3).

  • Name the rule and in the ‘If’ box, select the ‘Item is flagged as’ condition from the dropdown menu.

  • From the Select flag dropdown menu, select the image category that you want your filter to flag: Adult, Medical, Racy, Spoof, or Violence.

  • In the With a likelihood of at least dropdown menu, select the likelihood that the filter will identify if an item falls within the category you chose. (For more details, see "How to choose your likelihood setting" below.)

  • In the ‘Then’ box, select where you want to send images that are flagged by your filter.

IMPORTANT: Only the ‘Move to Trash’ option will remove the item with that image from ‘All items’ entirely.

  • Click ‘Save’ to apply your new rule. You can edit this rule again at any time.

  • Repeat this process to create a rule for each media item you want to create a filter for.

Note: This filter is not 100% accurate. Even with the "Very Likely" setting, there may still be images that make it past the filter.

How to choose your likelihood setting

"Very unlikely" means that the filter will flag an image even if it is uncertain that the image is in that category. "Very likely" means that the filter will only flag the image if it is very certain that the image is in that category. 

  • If you want to be cautious and minimize any possibility of exposure to images of a certain category, set With a likelihood of at least to "Possible" or "Likely." There is a slightly higher chance some images that are not in this category will be caught by the filter.

  • If you only want to filter images that are almost definitely in a certain category, then set With a likelihood of at least to "Very Likely." There is a slightly higher chance some images that are this category will not be caught by the filter. For highly disturbing images, the "Likely" setting is recommended.

Example filter: sending violent images to trash

For the rule "Send any images tagged as violent (blood, gore, killing, or shooting) to trash" below, we want to create a filter that will send any images that the filter is certain will have blood and gore immediately to the Trash (which will prevent it from showing up in any list, including "All items").


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