After spending almost 16 years, Yahoo Answers will be shutting down permanently on May 4. It’s one of the longest-running platforms for questions and answers in the history of the internet. From May 4 and onwards, the Yahoo Answers website will redirect you to the homepage of Yahoo. Most importantly, all the archives available on the platform will cease to exist. The Q&A platform of Yahoo has been in existence since 2005. The announcement was made by the company on the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. Yahoo is now part of the Verizon Media Group which had purchased the company for around USD 5 billion in 2017.
Yahoo has linked the message to a frequently asked questions page which has all the details about the timeline of the shutdown of Yahoo Answers. According to the information shared on the page, the platform will stop accepting new submissions from April 20. The company informed users that they time till June 30 to request their data available on the platform or it will become inaccessible post that date. “You can request content like all your questions, answers, or even images. But users cannot download content provided by other users on the platform,” the company clarified.
In a note sent to Yahoo Answers members, the company shared a little more information about why it is shutting down Yahoo Answers. “The platform has lost its popularity the years and the company now wants to take away the resources from the product to focus on things that are can sever our members better,” the company said. The company said that Yahoo Answers was launched 16 years ago to help people around the world get connected and share information that can be helpful for others. “With millions of users, we built the best place but today we would like to let you know that the platform will no longer be available after May 4.”