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Websites to go dark on Friday to honor Sandy Hook victims

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(CNN) — At 9:30 a.m. ET this morning, a moment of silence was observed in recognition of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Many people refrained from using Twitter, Facebook and other websites. A number of websites also “went dark” for the moment of silence.

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle Newtown shooting.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials in rain and wind on the steps of the town hall as the bell rang 26 times in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Officials didn’t plan any formal remarks Friday morning, and similar commemorations took place throughout the country.

More than 100,000 people and sites pledged to participate on the Causes.com page for the Web Goes Silent campaign. People and companies are also spreading the word by tweeting their intention to go quiet with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.

Causes.com is a startup that uses social media to raise awareness and funds for charities and causes. Conway is also an investor in the for-profit company.

At webmomentofsilence.org, companies could sign up to receive a bit of JavaScript that made the process easier. Sites using the code will appear grayed out in the background with a white box in the foreground that reads “We are observing a National Moment of Silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.”

This is not the first time major sites have banded together to go dark for a cause. This year, major tech names staged an immense and successful online protest against the Stop Online Privacy Act.

CNN contributed to this report.

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