I've got to say that when I first saw a black screen on my friend's Facebook page I thought it was some sort of error. My ignorance didn't last very long.

If you were on Facebook today you probably noticed a lot of women were temporarily changing their profile pictures to a plain black picture. Do you have any idea why?

According to a female Facebook user, the reasoning is due to a viral social media protest that was started to spread awareness for female victims of domestic violence. Women who made the switch reveiced a private message that read:

 "Tomorrow, female blackout from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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."

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