In July, photo-sharing giant, Instagram, announced that they would be testing out a feature; hiding the total number of likes and video views, on some accounts. This included trials in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.
Dark social traffic comes from private social channels. This can be emails or messenger apps containing links that don’t contain any kind of identification. For example, if a link to a product page on your site is shared in a group WhatsApp message, you won’t know that this is how the traffic has reached your site, it will be listed as direct.