Yahoo has announced that its 19-year-old service platform Yahoo Groups will shut down on December 15, 2020, after a steady decline in usage.
Verizon which took ownership of Yahoo in 2017 made this announcement known on Tuesday via the Yahoo Groups website and emails sent to Yahoo Group users.
”Yahoo Groups has made the decision to shut down as of December 15. Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period, we’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content.” the group stated in a message on its website.
”While these decisions are never easy, we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long-term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business the message read further.
Yahoo Groups was launched in early 2001 as an integration of technology from eGroups.com and Yahoo Clubs but rising competition from social media community platforms like Facebook and Google has led to the loss in its once-massive userbase.
The message further stated that the creation of new groups will be disabled as of October 12 while users will no longer be able to send and receive emails from Yahoo Groups. as well as the inaccessibility of the website from December 15th.
“Thank you for helping us build one of the earliest digital communities — we’re proud and honored to have forged countless connections over the last 20 years and played a small part in helping build your communities,” the Yahoo Group concluded.
#EndSARS: Unknown Hacker Hacks CBN Website
The website of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been hacked by ‘Anonymous’, an online group known for attacking government establishments.
Anonymous, which is widely known for its various cyberattacks against several government institutions, is believed to have taken the move in solidarity with the #EndSARS protesters.
The website of Nigeria’s apex bank on Friday night displayed the message, “500 – Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”
Earlier, Anonymous had hacked the Twitter accounts of several government agencies including the National Broadcasting Commission, which has in recent times been criticised for its highhandedness and stiff media regulations through its Broadcast Code which increased the fine for hate speech to N5 million.
The #EndSARS protests have been taking place across major cities in the country with youths demanding an end to police brutality and killings.
Major highways across the country have been blocked, thereby grounding economic activities.
Hackers Hit Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, Vow To Expose Govt Secrets
The Twitter account of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been hacked.
The hackers put up a message threatening to reveal secrets of Nigerian authorities.
“We #Anonymous are out to expose government’s secret and dirty files”, it read.
“Put an #ENDTOPOLICEBRUTALITY #Twitterdown #NBChacked”, the message added.
The website was also not opening as at 9:25 am.
NBC regulates the Nigerian broadcast industry.
The commission says it adopts scientific research methods to gather data, analyze trends in line with the dynamism of the industry and advise government.
NBC receives, processes and considers applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including cable television service, direct satellite broadcast and others.
GOOGLE Joins #EndSARS Protest
Global Organization of Oriented Group Language of Earth (GOOGLE) has also thrown its weight behind the #EndSARS protest currently ongoing across the country.
The international company which specializes in Internet-related services and products in a tweet shared on Thursday October 15, stated that it is against oppression, brutality and intimidation.
Google also called for a speedy response and resolution to the current situation. The tweet read;
We strongly oppose oppression, brutality & intimidation. We believe a fair and impartial police force is a critical element of a stable society, & that abuse of power infringes on people’s democratic & human rights. We urge a speedy resolution to the current situation. #EndsSARS
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