The Verizon-owned website announced on Monday that it would cancel the platform and made a brief statement on the Yahoo Answers homepage. Yahoo explained on its help page that the portal will enter “read-only” mode on April 20, and avid users must be able to download content before June 30.
Yahoo said in an email to Verge’s Answers users: “Although Yahoo Answers used to be a key part of Yahoo’s products and services, as the needs of our members have changed, it has become less popular over the years.”
The email continued: “For this reason, we decided to shift resources from Yahoo Answers to products that focus on better serving our members, and fulfill Yahoo’s commitment to provide quality and credible content.”
Like many corners of the Internet, Yahoo Answers has become the product of conspiracy theories and bizarre problems. Yahoo’s attempt to develop towards the high-end has dragged down the Yahoo brand. For example, one of the most popular questions on the site on Tuesday morning asked: “Is Yahoo’s answer closed because conservatives exposed the acquisition of the US by socialism?”
Verizon (VZ) Yahoo acquired Yahoo for $4.4 billion in 2017, and it is now part of Verizon Media Group, which also includes Aol. Verizon recently announced plans to double the name of Yahoo and use that name to create new subscription-based services. Yahoo claims to have 20 million unique visitors every day.