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Social media platform Reddit hit by outages in the U.S.

Reddit users reported outages in the U.S. and Canada for a short time on Saturday.

Akarsh Verma | January 31, 2021 | Updated 12:20 IST

Highlights

  • Several Reddit users reported problems logging in to Reddit on Saturday.
  • Reddit has been at the center of controversy this week after users from the r/WallStreetBets subreddit kicked off a stock-buying frenzy.
  • The stock buying frenzy has led to a fierce debate with many on Wall Street calling it market manipulation.

Users in both the US and Canada reported outages on Reddit for a short period on Saturday, with the company admitting there have been "higher error rates" this week amidst newfound attention on the r/WallStreetBets subreddit.

A map on the Downdetector website showed customers reporting issues logging in to Reddit and sending messages, according to Reuters. Regions such as New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., were affected, as was Toronto.

We did have some issues with higher error rates this week...It meant slower load times for some users but we were never hard down," a spokesperson for Reddit told Reuters about the latest wave of issues.

Reddit has been at the center of controversy this week after users from the r/WallStreetBets subreddit kicked off a stock-buying frenzy, significantly adding to the value of companies like GameStop and AMC, which had been struggling in the marketplace. The subreddit has approximately six million members.

The stock buying frenzy has led to a fierce debate with many on Wall Street calling it market manipulation that has hurt hedge funds betting against the companies. The Security and Exchange Commission has said they are looking into the alleged market manipulation, while stock trading app Robinhood briefly halted and then limited individual investments in companies whose stocks saw a major rise.

The app itself has received criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for stepping in so quickly, with critics arguing that move itself was market manipulation in favor of major corporations trading stocks at the expense of individual buyers. The move shook up Wall Street, and the Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that it was probing whether market manipulation caused the recent surges.

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