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Since the internet started, the longest-running Question and Answer platform will be set to shut down for good on May 4.
Yahoo Answers has been operating since 2005, but will when shutting down, redirect to the Yahoo search page. This means all archives associated will vanish.
In an announcement box on the website, it reads that the website will be in read-only mode from April 20.
“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. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services or your Yahoo account,” read a statement.
Account-holders have until June 30 to request their data; otherwise, it will no longer be accessible — from user-generated content, Questions list, Questions, Answers and images. Downloading other users content, Questions or Answers will not be possible.
The company is part of Verizon Media Group, which follows a sale to the network for around $5b during 2017.
“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,” a statement was made to active community members.
“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.”
“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.”
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