Yahoo announced that it is shutting down its question-and-answer platform Yahoo Answers on May 4 after fifteen years. The online portal will go into read-only mode on April 20.
The users have until June 30 to request their old data to download, including previous questions and answers. According to The Verge, the company decided to shut down the platform because it had become less popular over the years.
A note sent to active Yahoo Answers members gives out a little more detail about why Yahoo is shutting down the platform.
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, the company said in the note. 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 4, 2021, it added.
The report says that users will no longer be able to post any new questions or answers from April 20. If you would like to download a copy of your questions and answers you have posted, you can do this by signing into Your Privacy Dashboard and requesting a download, the company said.
The closure of Yahoo Answers will not affect other services of the platform. In other news, LG became the first smartphone brand to close its mobile business worldwide. This will enable the South Korean electronics giant to focus on growth areas including “electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.”