The black squares you see swapped in for your friends' Facebook profile pictures aren't a sign of poor internet connection.
They also aren't related to the social network's latest security breach. Instead, the blackout of Facebook profile pictures are part of a social trend, started Sunday Sept.
The blackout was prompted by private messages sent between women on Facebook urging other facebook woman profile picture to join the cause. The message read, "Tomorrow, female blackout from 8: Its a movement to show what the world might be like without women.
Your profile photo should just be a black square so that men wonder where the women are. Pass it only to women It's for a project against domestic abuse.
It is no joke. Share it.
Some women received the message and decided not to participate, reported Newsweek, fearing blacking out their profile pictures would make women less visible or silent in society. Changing Facebook profile pictures in hope of drawing attention toward an issue isn't new.
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