What is a Facebook dark post?

Posted by Julia Ruane on

A Facebook dark post is one that doesn’t appear on the newsfeed on a brand's owned page. Instead it is only seen by a target demographic. They’re called ‘dark’ because they are ‘unpublished’ on your timeline. NB: not to be confused with the dark web in any way.

Dark posts can be used for many reasons:

  • To send a bespoke message to a target group of people rather than one ‘catch-all’ post on a brand’s own page
  • To reach out to new followers, not just those who already follow the brand’s page
  • To be able to run multiple campaigns for multiple products or services in multiple regions without cluttering up the main feed

An update on the definition of 'what is a Facebook dark post'

At the end of 2017, as transparency became a big issue for social media companies, especially concerning the rise in fake news, Facebook announced that dark posts will no longer be ‘unpublished’. Instead, a new system will allow anyone to be able to view any ads run by a brand on Facebook. This will change the way some brands use paid social in 2018.

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Julia Ruane

Written by Julia Ruane

Julia is Head of PR & Content at Crisp. A self-confessed tech geek, Julia has followed every social media trend since twitter was just making it big in Australia.

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