The history of Yahoo Answers is slowly coming to an end. It is one of the oldest as well as most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet. Yahoo decided to close its platform on May 4th. On that day its website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage. Moreover, all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist. The history of this platform dates back to 2005.
Yahoo made an important announcement. The company announced the change at the top of its platform’s homepage. Interestingly, the message links to an FAQ, which details the timeline of the shutdown. In less than a month, more precisely starting from April 20th, the platform will no longer accept new submissions according to the information provided by the company.
Hopefully, users will have until June 30th to request their data or it will be inaccessible after that. That includes all user-generated content including the user’s Questions list, Questions, etc. However, they won’t be able to download other users’ content, and questions, or answers.
Yahoo Answers and controversies
At the moment, Yahoo belongs to Verizon Media Group. Verison bought the company in 2017 for nearly $5 billion. Let’s get back to its Q&A platform.
According to a note, sent to active users, the company decided to close its platform as it lost popularity. This platform has become less popular over the years. Moreover, the company decided to shift its resources away from the product to focus on products that better serve the company’s customers.
This platform is no stranger to controversies. Unfortunately, the site appears to be overrun with far-right conspiracies.
As stated above, the history of Yahoo Answers dates back to 2005. At the moment, this site is not popular, but in the past, it helped people around the world to connect with each other and to share information. The company created one of the best places to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics.
Users should keep in mind that, the closure of this platform will not affect their Yahoo accounts or other services.
In the modern world, there is no place for hate speech and this platform is full of negative questions. It was the right solution to close this platform. There will less inappropriate content on the internet. The platform lost popularity, and it was all but impossible to save it. The company will be able to focus on more interesting projects.