Facebook honors 9/11 victims with dedicated status updates

Facebook may not have been around at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, but it has planned something big to pay tribute to the victims of the attack 10 years ago.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the attack, Facebook is urging members to update their profile photo or dedicate their status "to the memory of one of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11."

Facebook was formed in 2004, just three years after the 9/11 attack.

It also allows users to "dedicate my status to a specific individual lost on 9/11."

Users can also tell family and loved ones how they plan to remember and honor the memory of the victims.

Tech site Mashable said that the application, built by Facebook app maker Involver, was released Wednesday - days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

“The goal of the application is to honor and remember victims of this devastating attack on America, 10 years later," Mashable quoted Involver‘s Senior Vice President of Marketing Jascha Kaykas-Wolff as saying.

App on prominent pages

Mashable said the app will be featured on a number of prominent Facebook Pages including the Pages of:

members of Congress
presidential candidates
federal agencies
non-profits and celebrities.

Facebook and Involver will also feature the application on their own Pages.

"The social media memorial and tribute is bound to reverberate throughout the social network, especially considering Facebook’s more than 750 million members and the smattering of partners featuring the 9/11 Memorial application on their Pages," it said. — TJD, GMA News

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