Reddit went down amid blackout protest over company’s new policy

    UPDATE: Jun. 12, 2023, 11:52 a.m. EDT Reddit appeared to recover from its crash on Monday by about midday eastern time. The homepage was loading on desktop and outage reports were falling on Down Detector.

    Reddit appeared to crash on Monday as users on the carried out a massive protest against the company’s controversial new policy that priced out lots of third-party apps.

    Down Detector showed a large spike it outage reports(opens in a new tab) Monday morning and the homepage showed an error message when loaded on desktop.

    Credit: Screenshot: Reddit

    Reddit recently decided to drastically increase prices on API access, effectively killing off lots of third-party apps. Apollo, the most popular third-party app, for instance, announced it would shut down at the end of the month. The new policy has proven wildly unpopular with Reddit users, who recently turned an AMA with the CEO into a total disaster.

    To protest the new policy, Reddit users turned lots of popular forums private, effectively shutting down some of Reddit’s top pages. It’s not clear how or why that would potentially crash the site, but amid lots of bad news for Reddit, things got worse on Monday.

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