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If you encounter the “This channel can’t be displayed” error on Telegram, it means that you are trying to access a channel that was used to distribute explicit or adult content. This error occurs when attempting to join a Telegram channel that contains material not suitable for work, such as explicit images or videos.
To prevent the display of such content, Telegram has a sensitive content filter in place, and this filter is enabled by default. If you want to access channels with sensitive content, you can only disable this filter on the desktop version of Telegram. This means you won’t be able to do so on the mobile or web versions.
This channel can’t be displayed
When you encounter the message “This channel cannot be displayed” on Telegram, it means that the channel you were trying to access has been hidden or banned by Telegram. Telegram channels are a popular way to share content with a large audience because they can have an unlimited number of subscribers. However, this also makes it challenging to monitor all the content shared for legality and appropriateness.
Sometimes, members of a channel may post illegal, explicit, pirated, or hateful content. When Telegram identifies a channel being used for such activities, it can either hide the channel from general view or ban it entirely.
If you see the “This channel cannot be displayed” message, it’s because the channel has been taken down. Depending on the reason for the removal, you may have the option to adjust some settings to regain access to the channel’s content.
Telegram channel can’t be displayed because of sensitive content
If a Telegram channel is used for sharing inappropriate images or videos (not suitable for work), Telegram may remove it. However, even if the channel doesn’t engage in illegal activities, it might still be active but hidden due to your sensitive content filter being on. If you’re 18 or older, you can turn off this filter to view and join the channel.
How to fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram
To resolve the issue of “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram, follow these steps:
Step 1: Download the desktop version of Telegram to your computer. You can get it from https://desktop.telegram.org/. If you’re using macOS or Linux, select “Show all platforms” instead of “Get Telegram for Windows x64” when downloading.
Step 2: Open Telegram Desktop and use the Telegram app on your mobile device to scan the QR code displayed on your computer screen. You can do this by going to the Telegram app’s settings, selecting “Devices,” and choosing “Scan QR Code.”
Step 3: Once you’ve successfully scanned the QR code, you’ll be logged in to Telegram on your computer. Click on the menu icon in the top-left corner.
Step 4: In the menu, select “Settings.”
Step 5: Under “Settings,” choose “Privacy and Security.”
Step 6: Scroll down the page until you find the “Sensitive content” setting, and enable “Disable filtering.”
Step 7: Force-close the Telegram app on your mobile device and then reopen it.
Now, with “Disable filtering” enabled, you should be able to access channels that previously displayed the “This channel can’t be displayed” error. This change applies to both iPhone and Android devices, allowing Telegram to display sensitive media in public channels on all your devices. Please note that you cannot disable the sensitive content filter on the regular Telegram app; you must use the desktop version to make this adjustment.
Telegram This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread – Android
This message explains that if you receive a warning about explicit content in a Telegram channel on your Android device, it will prevent you from viewing the channel’s content. To bypass this filter, you can use the Nicegram Bot feature:
Search for “Nicegram bot” in the Telegram search bar and select the option with “bot” under its name or follow a provided link to reach the bot.
In the Nicegram Bot chat, follow these steps:
- Tap the “Start” button at the bottom of your screen.
- If you don’t see options at the bottom, click on the link under “Nicegram Web.”
- Select “Log in with Telegram.”
- Toggle on both “I’m 18+ years old” and “Show content that may be sensitive.”
- Tap “Save.”
A pop-up message will prompt you to restart the Nicegram Bot. To apply the changes, force-close the Telegram app and relaunch it.
If you are using Telegram Widgets for the first time, you may need to authorize the login before turning off the sensitivity filter.
After completing these steps and restarting the app, check if you can now access the previously blocked content. If not, you may need to try an alternative approach by accessing Telegram on the web or desktop:
- Click the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner.
- Select “Settings” from the menu.
- Choose the “Privacy and Security” option.
- Scroll down to the “Sensitive content” section.
- Tap the “Disable filtering” box to enable it.
Return to your smartphone and check if the channel is now accessible. If you still can’t access it, the channel might have been banned, deleted by the creator, or restricted in your country.
Telegram This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread – iPhone
When you encounter a message on Telegram saying “This Channel Can’t Be Displayed Because It Was Used to Spread,” it usually means the channel has been used to share explicit content. Telegram takes action by hiding the channel’s content and notifying users. If the explicit content isn’t illegal, the channel is likely hidden, not banned. Your sensitive content filter may be the reason behind this.
To disable the filter on your iOS device, follow these steps:
Contact the Nicegram Bot:
- Search for “Nicegram bot” in Telegram and select the option with “bot” under its name.
- Or, follow this link.
In the chat with the bot, follow these steps:
- Tap the “Start” button at the bottom of your screen.
- Enable both “I’m 18+ years old” and “Show content that may be sensitive” options.
- Confirm by pressing “Ok” in the pop-up menu and then restart Telegram.
Finally, return to the desired Telegram channel to check if you can access its content. If it’s still inaccessible, you may need to try an alternative method.
Alternatively, you can disable the sensitivity filter using the Telegram web or desktop client:
- Open Telegram on the web or desktop:
- Click on the three horizontal lines at the bottom-left corner.
- Select “Settings.”
- Tap on “Privacy and Security.”
- Scroll down to the “Sensitive content” section and click on “Disable filtering.”
By following these steps, you should be able to access the channel’s content on your iPhone or iPad. If the issue persists, the channel may have been deleted by Telegram or its creator, or it may be unavailable due to country limitations.
Telegram channel can’t be displayed due to country limitations
If you can’t view a Telegram channel due to country limitations, it means Telegram may block access to channels from countries with strict content filtering. To bypass this restriction, people often use a VPN app.
This app lets you change your virtual location to almost anywhere globally, including the country where the channel is based. If you still can’t access the channel immediately after using a VPN, wait a few hours. Telegram will recognize the new IP address, and then you should be able to join the channel.
This Channel can’t be displayed because it violated local laws
When you see the message “This channel can’t be displayed because it violated local laws” on Telegram, it means that the channel has been restricted or banned in your country due to violations of local laws. Some people use VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to bypass these restrictions, but in the case of such a message, it’s likely that the channel has been permanently terminated.
These channels are typically shut down because they are sharing content that goes against the rules, such as spreading hate speech, inciting violence, or sharing other illegal content. Even if you can still see the channel listed, the content inside it will remain inaccessible, and it’s unlikely to return.
Change the Telegram channel
Many popular online platforms make efforts to monitor and control the content shared on their platform. Because some Telegram channels may be created with harmful intentions, it’s not surprising that they get shut down.
If the strategies mentioned in this article haven’t assisted you in regaining access to the specific channel you want, it’s likely that the channel was removed for a valid reason. In such cases, it’s advisable to avoid similar channels in the future.
The bottom line
In conclusion, Telegram has a sensitive content filter that prevents you from accessing channels with explicit or not-safe-for-work (NSFW) videos and photos. To access such channels, you must disable this filter. Importantly, you can only do this on the desktop version of Telegram, not the mobile app.
After turning off the filter, make sure to force-close the Telegram app on your phone and reopen it to ensure that you can view the previously restricted channels. Failing to do so may result in the “This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread pornographic content” error persisting.