Learn about sensitive & disputed content

When you use Google Translate, you might find messages on words flagged as potentially sensitive or disputed content, to help inform you when translations might be considered incorrect or inappropriate.

Sensitive content

If Translate identifies content that might be considered inappropriate or sensitive because it may include offensive words, you may get the message, " May contain sensitive language." This message means that the translation may be considered sensitive by dictionaries or other sources.

If Translate suggests that content is inappropriate, it may also explain why the content is sensitive.

To clear the "May contain sensitive language" banner, select Dismiss.

Disputed content

If Translate identifies any content that includes info that users have disputed as incorrect or inappropriate, you may get the message, " Contains disputed language."

The disputed content message may show up if:

  • Users report that a translation is incorrect.
  • There’s a potential gender error in the translation. Learn more about gender-specific translations.
  • There may be other translations available which may be considered more neutral or widely-used.

If Translate suggests that content is disputed, it may also explain why.

We can't always fix disputed translations since they may be considered  incorrect to some users and correct to others. To help you determine if the translation suits your purpose, when the translation might be considered non-inclusive, incorrect, or harmful, we show the message that the content is disputed.  

Tip: If you believe that an offensive or disputed content message is inaccurate, you can send us feedback.
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