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Social media platform Reddit hit by outages in U.S. -Downdetector

FILE PHOTO: A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) - Social media company Reddit was experiencing problems on its website briefly on Saturday, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.

Customers reported trouble logging in and sending messages on its website. The outage affected regions such as New York, Boston and Washington in United States and Toronto in Canada, according to an outage map on Downdetector's website. bit.ly/2NLGrx bit.ly/2NLGrxX

Reddit said in an email statement that it was not tracking any issues with the website today.

“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 Reddit spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

The status page of Reddit showed that the website was operational. (bit.ly/3t7OntE)

Reddit has come into forefront after a social media chatroom on its platform, “wallstreetbets,” led to a so-called “Reddit rally,” which has helped attract a flood of retail cash into stocks such as GameStop Corp, burning hedge funds that had bet against the company and roiling the broader market. Wallstreetbets has around 6 million members.

Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Additional Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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