Reddit is down (update: looks like it’s back)

Update: As of 4:30 pm PDT, most of Reddit seems to be working again. (We still can’t access some features.) The reason for the downtime hasn’t been stated.

“We’ve implemented our fix and are slowly allowing things to ramp back up,” Reddit said (opens in new tab)a little after 3 pm PDT. 

Original story: No, it is not your imagination: Reddit (opens in new tab), the “front page of the internet,” is down.

I noticed the problem while researching (ie., looking at memes) for a separate story about The Last of Us, which you’ll hopefully be reading fairly shortly. In the midst of that, the site very suddenly stopped loading: I wasn’t getting any errors, just a blank page.

After a few frustrated reloads, I popped over to (opens in new tab), which indicates that a “major outage” is currently underway. It’s specifically affecting the desktop and mobile versions of the site, with mobile apps showing a less severe “partial outage,” which might mean you can get some, but not all, pages to load. Downdetector (opens in new tab) likewise indicates a major problem of some sort, with close to 60,000 users reporting a problem.

At 12:56 pm PT, Reddit said it had “identified an internal systems issue” and is now working on a fix. We’ll keep an eye on things and update when it’s back online, hopefully with some information about what went wrong.

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