Yahoo has announced that it is shutting down its Yahoo Answers on May 4th, 2021 citing that the question-and-answer platform has become less popular over the years as the needs of the members have changed. It came into existence sixteen years when Yahoo was trying to offer a place where users from around the world could connect and share information. Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon Media Group says that it is shifting its resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve the members and deliver on their premium trusted content promise.
“While Yahoo Answers was once a key part of Yahoo’s products and services, it has become less popular over the years as the needs of our members have changed. To that end, we have decided to shift our resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo’s promise of providing premium trusted content,” Yahoo said in a note.
Starting April 20th, the platform will no longer accept new submissions according to the FAQ put on the homepage after which users will have until June 30th to request their data or it’ll be inaccessible after that. From the day it will go down, all traffic to Yahoo Answers website will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage, and all of the platform’s archives will cease to exist.
Though the platform had turned into a less trusted web with very weird questions and even worse answers, it has managed to attract huge daily traffic and over 50 million global users engaging on a variety of topics from politics, tech, religion, lifestyle, and much more.
Verizon (VZ) bought Yahoo in 2017 for $4.4 billion and it now sits under the Verizon Media Group umbrella. The company recently announced plans to double down on the Yahoo name and create new subscription-based services using the name. Yahoo says it has about 20 million unique daily visitors on its web.