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Reddit says it has recovered from some ‘major’ outages

Reddit says it has recovered from some ‘major’ outages


For about an hour, when I was logged in, I couldn’t get pages to load.

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A screenshot of a Reddit error message. Under an illustration of the Reddit mascot at a computer and a cat playing a cable, a message reads: “All of our servers are busy right now. Please try again in a minute. (Error code: 503)”
Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

Reddit says it has recovered from some big issues that lasted for about an hour. While outages were happening, I couldn’t load any Reddit pages on my browsers where I’m logged into the site — usually, I ran into an error message, though I also hit a blank white screen. However, if I tried to visit the site while logged out, pages loaded fine. As I write this, I’m not having any troubles browsing Reddit.

Things weren’t just down for me. A few colleagues here at The Verge were having some troubles loading pages as well, and Downdetector showed a peak of nearly 30,000 user reports.

Reddit says it had resolved the incident in a message at 6:15PM ET on its status site. During the issues, the status site said that there was a “major outage” on desktop web, mobile web, and the company’s native mobile apps.

Wednesday’s outages follow some other issues that cropped up in recent weeks. In June, the platform was crashing because of the many subreddits going dark to protest the company’s API pricing. In July, Reddit search was a little broken for hours.

Update August 2nd, 6:19PM ET: Reddit says the incident has been resolved.