In a stunning turn of events, the world's most popular social media platforms Twitter and Facebook have both gone down, thanks to an overwhelming number of cat videos being uploaded and shared by internet users all over the globe.
According to a statement released by Twitter, "We've seen a sudden and unprecedented increase in traffic to our site, and we believe that this is due to the mass sharing of cat videos. While we encourage people to enjoy their feline friends, this level of activity is simply too much for our servers to handle."
Facebook also released a similar statement, but added that they were investigating whether or not the sudden influx of cat videos was part of a coordinated effort by cats themselves, as part of their ongoing plan for world domination.
As news of the social media crash spread, reactions from the general public were mixed. Some expressed frustration at not being able to check their feeds and see what their friends and family were up to, while others were relieved at the prospect of not having to deal with political rants, baby photos, and constant humblebrags for a few hours.
"Well, I was pretty annoyed when I first heard that Twitter was down," said local office worker Karen, "but then I realized that I was going to be way more productive without constant notifications popping up on my phone every five seconds. So honestly, this cat video thing might be a blessing in disguise."
Meanwhile, cat lovers all over the world expressed their satisfaction at finally having a platform to share their beloved pets with the world.
"I've been waiting for this moment my whole life," said cat owner and self-proclaimed internet sensation Crazy Cat Lady. "My cats are finally getting the recognition they deserve. And if it takes bringing down the entire internet to make that happen, then so be it."
As of press time, engineers and technicians were working around the clock to restore service to Twitter and Facebook, but there was no word yet on whether they had managed to get the cat videos under control.
"It's a tough situation," said one anonymous source close to the situation. "We're dealing with an epidemic of cute and cuddly proportions here. But we're doing everything we can to keep the internet from collapsing in on itself. I just hope that the cats don't figure out how to hack into our systems and take over. That would be a true disaster."
In the end, it remains to be seen what the long-term effects of the cat video overload will be, both for the internet and for society as a whole. But one thing is clear: we will never look at our furry friends, or our social media, in quite the same way again.