Facebook's Moment Of Silence For Haiti

-Facebook Haiti Search-A new message is spreading around Facebook suggesting that users honor a 5 minute moment of silence for all victims of the Haiti disaster. While the source of this message is unknown, numerous users are posting the details to their personal profiles. The moment of silence movement has now been translated into multiple languages as found via a public search on Facebook.

The English version of the message is as follows:

9pm all of Facebook will have 5 minutes of silence which includes no posts, no comments and/or any other activity on the site. This will be done in remembrance of all the lives lost in Haiti’s Earthquake this past week. If you agree please copy and post as your status and leave it there till after the moment!

Unfortunately there is no time zone specified by any of these status updates. As such, users are theoretically supposed to not post anything at 9 PM in their own time zone. It’s an interesting idea and not the first time we’ve seen digital moments of silence before. While this moment of silence isn’t officially sanctioned by anybody, there’s no harm in participating!

Also making the rounds today is a false message suggesting that Facebook will donate $1 each time someone posts the following update as their status:

OWNERS OF FACEBOOK HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THEY WILL SEND $1 TO THE RESCUE FUND FOR THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE DISASTER FOR EVERYTIME THIS IS CUT AND PASTED AS A STATUS. YOU ONLY HAVE TO LEAVE IT UP FOR A MINIMUM OF 1 HOUR. LETS ALL DO OUR BIT TO HELP.

While Facebook is contributing in their own way via the Global Disaster Relief page, there is no way that Facebook would spend $1 for every status update a user posts referencing Haiti. Facebook has even confirmed that the $1 donation meme is completely false. While Facebook won’t be donating $1 for status updates, you can at least participate in today’s unofficial moment of silence.