The Verizon-owned website announced the platform’s cancellation on Monday with a detailed statement on Yahoo Answers’ website. The portal goes into “read-only” mode on April 20, and eager users have until June 30 to download content, Yahoo explained on its help page.
“While Yahoo Answers was once an important part of Yahoo’s products and services, it has become less popular over the years as our members’ needs have changed,”
; Yahoo said in an email to Answers users obtained by Verge.
“To this end, we have decided to move our resources away from Yahoo Answers to focus on products that better serve our members and live up to Yahoo’s promise to deliver first – class, reliable content,” the email continued.
Like many corners of the Internet, Yahoo Answers has become an interruption of conspiracy theories and bizarre questions that dragged down Yahoo’s brand as it attempts to move upward. For example, one of the biggest questions on the website Tuesday morning asks “Will Yahoo’s response be closed because conservatives have revealed the socialist takeover of America?”
Verizon (VZ) bought Yahoo in 2017 for $ 4.4 billion, and it now sits under the Verizon Media Group umbrella, which also includes Aol. Verizon recently announced plans to double the Yahoo name and create new subscription-based services using the name. Yahoo claims to have 20 million unique daily visitors.