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Yahoo Answers, that weird corner of internet, is shutting down on May 4

Yahoo, in one of its FAQ pages, notes that the website will not be accessible starting May 4 and if users try to access it, they will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | April 6, 2021 | Updated 13:15 IST

Highlights

  • Yahoo Answers sent a note to its members which said that the platform has become less popular over the years.
  • Starting April 20, users will not be able to post new Yahoo Answers questions or answer other users' questions.
  • Users will have until June 30 to request their data after which it will be inaccessible.

There was a time when people turned to the internet with the weirdest of questions and Yahoo Answers, the 16-year-old platform on the internet gave them equally weird answers. It was known for its most quirky, most, if not all, factually-incorrect answers because the questions were equally nonsensical. For example, users would ask Yahoo Answers questions like, "Do you think humans will ever walk on the sun?" to which Yahoo Answers would reply, "If they do, it would have to be at night." Or questions like "What is the phobia of chainsaws called?" to which the best-voted reply on Yahoo Answers would be "common sense." That being said, users could answer, edit and ask questions on the platform and the current discussion on Yahoo Answers is why it is being shut.

Verizon took over Yahoo Answers in 2017 and reports speculate that the company wants to reduce the accountability for the unconventional -- read: nonsensical answers that Yahoo Answers served its users.

Yahoo in one of its FAQ pages notes that the website will not be accessible starting May 4 and if users try to access it, they will be redirected to the Yahoo homepage. Starting April 20, users will not be able to post new Yahoo Answers questions or answer other users' questions. Further, users will have until June 30 to request their data after which it will be inaccessible. According to Yahoo, this will include all user-generated content including your Questions list, Questions, Answers list, Answers, and any images. However, users will not be able to download other users' content, questions, or answers.

"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," Yahoo said according to the Verge.

According to the report, a note was sent to active Yahoo Answers members which said that the platform has become less popular over the years, and the company decided to shift its resources away from the product to focus on products that better serve its members.

Jason Scott, of Archive Team, a group that works to preserve old sites, told BuzzFeed News that Verizon bought Yahoo and did not want to be in the user content business. "And every move they've been doing has been the most craven corporate, reduced liability, reduced exposure move that they can do," he said. "We've already grabbed Yahoo Answers in the past, we did it 4 years ago. We knew what was going to happen," he further said. "We don't trust anything that Yahoo owns, period."

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