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Reddit is back up after suffering a major outage

The social site was down for about an hour.

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The social website Reddit is up and running again after suffering a brief but major outage on Wednesday. 

The site went down as GameStop's stock shot up by more than 100% Wednesday afternoon following news on Tuesday that Jim Bell, the retailer's chief financial officer, is resigning. The subreddit r/WallStreetBets, which saw a flurry of activity on Wednesday, has been the major hub for retail investors during a bizarre saga involving GameStop stock that's taken place over the last month. 

It's unclear if the outage and the stock surge were related, and a Reddit spokeswoman didn't respond to requests for comment.

The outage began a little after 1 p.m. PT and lasted for about an hour. It affected Reddit's service on both the web and mobile apps, the company said. 

"We've observed a recovery and our systems are healthy -- reddit is operational again," the company wrote on Twitter.