Verizon is closing Yahoo Answers, a feature started by Yahoo over 16 years ago because of its declining popularity.
“Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and beginning April 20th, 2021 (Eastern Time) the Yahoo Answers website will be in read-only mode,” says a statement on the top of the Yahoo! answers page. . “There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account.”
Content must be requested or lost by June 30.
The Verge comments: “Perhaps the shutdown is for the best, considering the site appears to be overrun with far-right conspiratorial garbage.However, no such reason was put forth by Yahoo.
According to The Verge, a message to users explains the move as follows:
“Dear Yahoo Answers Community,
“We launched Yahoo Answers sixteen years ago to help people around the world connect and share information. With you and millions of other users, we built the best place on the web to ask and answer questions on a variety of topics, creating a community of global knowledge sharing. While we could not have been prouder of what we accomplished together, we are reaching out today to let you know that we have decided to shut down Yahoo Answers on May 4th, 2021.
“While Yahoo Answers war 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.”