Updated: This post was updated at 1:20 a.m. Pacific Time to include a statement from Facebook.

The alert from the Associated Press buzzed across mobile devices everywhere, delivering the shattering news: “Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide.”

The social media apocalypse was here. Instagram was out, too, leaving teenagers confused and scared. Babies wept. Parents sought refuge in shelters they had built for a zombie outbreak or the eventual robot war.

And then, in the ultimate act of desperation, people turned to Twitter. In this moment of panic and despair, #facebookdown began to trend:

We learned some ugly truths.

Some sought to take advantage of the moment…

But then, a light in the darkness…

And humanity sighed in relief, dusted itself off, and carried on…

Update at 1:20 a.m.: Facebook released the following statement:

“Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone.”