Robinhood: What the heck is it and why all the controversy?

Robinhood is a popular, free-trading website and app that has helped fuel the stock market’s storm in recent days. But on Thursday the app, which tops the Apple iOS and Google Play stores as of this writing, shut out users from buying more shares of controversial stocks like GameStop and AMC.

Following backlash on social media, Robinhood has resumed trading of the stocks in question for restricted buys on Friday morning. The company cited the stock market’s “recent volatility” and “uncertainty” as motivation for the move. 

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