Popular social news aggregation and discussion website Reddit has just recovered from a massive outage. The platform was down for thousands of users from around the world on June 24. The company has acted upon this problem swiftly and fixed the issue.
When the issue began, Reddit users were having a tough time logging in to the platform. The website did not keep them logged in, which makes it impossible for users to browse and communicate to particular subreddits.
It would take longer than usual to load a page during the outage before users could see an error screen with error code 503.
Spike in user reports
In the initial moments of the outage, Reddit reported a high amount of API errors at 5:04 PM ET. However, Downdetector was telling a different story as it showed a notable rise in the number of user reports just a few minutes later.
The reports crossed the 40,000 figure at their peak. At 6:51 PM ET, the platform said that they are working on a fix to solve the issue, and by 7:18 PM ET, the fix was successfully implemented.
While the outage was reported by thousands of users, Reddit tweeted that its team of technical experts is working on the problems.
Sounds like some of you are experiencing issues accessing Reddit — fear not, our team of Technical People is working on it!
Pls don’t shoot the messenger,
social media manager
— Reddit (@Reddit) June 24, 2021
Currently, there is not enough data to identify the root cause of this outage. However, we are waiting for Reddit to issue a statement soon.
This was not the first time Reddit was down in recent months, as the site was down for around an hour in May. Besides, Reddit was also a victim of the global web outage in June that disrupted popular sites such as Twitch, Amazon, and more.
More about Reddit
Reddit is an American online network of different communities that are based on the preferences of users. Users from around the world can find, interact, and become part of various virtual communities based on their interests.
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