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

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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 a little after 3 pm PDT. 

Original story: No, it is not your imagination: Reddit, 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, 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 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.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.