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Yahoo! News
Type of site
Owner Yahoo
Created by Yahoo
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched August 1996; 20 years ago (1996-08)[1]
Current status Active

Yahoo! News originated as an internet-based news aggregator by Yahoo. Articles originally came from news services such as the Associated Press, Reuters, Fox News, Al Jazeera, ABC News, USA Today,, BBC News, etc.

In 2001, Yahoo! News launched the first "most-emailed" page on the web.[2] It was a well-received innovative idea, expanding on how computers could be used to do things in a society.

Yahoo allowed comments for news articles until December 19, 2006, when commentary was disabled. Comments were re-enabled on March 2, 2010.[3] Comments were temporarily disabled between December 10, 2011, and December 15, 2011, due to glitches.[citation needed]

In June 2011, Yahoo! News was rebuilt using an internal content management system called the Yahoo Publishing Platform.[4] The same platform now powers Yahoo! News in the following regions and languages: Argentina,[5] Brazil,[6] Canada,[7] English,[8] Chile,[9] Colombia,[10] Mexico,[11] Peru,[12] Spanish (US),[13] English (US),[14] Venezuela,[15] Hong Kong,[16] English (India),[17] Marathi,[18] Tamil,[19] Indonesia,[20] Malaysia,[21] Philippines,[22] Singapore,[23] Taiwan,[24] France,[25] Germany,[26] Italy,[27] Spain,[28] and the United Kingdom.[29]

By 2011, Yahoo had expanded its focus to include original content, as part of its plans to become a major media organization.[30] Veteran journalists (including Walter Shapiro and Virginia Heffernan) were hired, while the website had a correspondent in the White House press corps for the first time in February 2012.[30][31] An Amazon-owned marketing data collection company (Alexa) claimed Yahoo! News one of the world's top news sites, at this point.[32]

Plans were made to add a Twitter feed.[33] In November, 2013, Yahoo hired former Today Show and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric as Global Anchor of Yahoo! News.[34]

Yahoo! Celebrity[edit]

Yahoo! Celebrity (as omg!) debuted on June 12, 2007[35] with little fanfare, with the original press release being published on Yahoo!'s corporate blog.[36] Upon launch, MediaWeek reported that Yahoo is hoping to skew more toward a female demographic with omg!, and that Unilever, Pepsi, and Axiata (Celcom & XL) will be the sole official sponsors of the website.[37] Due to heavy publicity on Yahoo's front page and with its partnerships, readership took off, with four million readers logging on to omg! in the first 19 days alone.[38] As of autumn 2007, omg! registered over eight million readers a month, and is the second most-read gossip website in the United States, ahead of People and behind[38]

In December 2012, Yahoo! reached a deal with CBS Television Distribution to cross-promote its Entertainment Tonight spin-off The Insider with omg!, re-branding the show as omg! Insider.[39]

In January 2014 it was announced that CBS Television Distribution was to revert the name change back to The Insider while omg! changes its name to Yahoo! Celebrity.

Mobile application[edit]

Yahoo! developed an application that collects the most-read news stories from different categories for iOS and Android. The app was one of the winners of 2014 Apple Design Awards.[40]


As of November 2014, Yahoo! News ranked second among global news sites, after and ahead of CNN, according to Alexa.[41]


Yahoo! News has been criticized for occasionally reporting false, sensationalistic, and poorly-written news as fact, or falsifying and sensationalizing headlines of re-aggregated news to bait readers. This has lead these misleading stories to be spread and republished by other magazines and newspapers as fact. A well-known instance of this happening was in the case of an article published in 2003 about supposed time traveller Andrew Carlisson, which was originally found on satirical website Weekly World News. Another instance of Yahoo! News spreading false or unverifiable information happened during the 2016 presidential elections when Yahoo was accused of spreading an article originally published by IBTimes but with a falsified and misleading headline- the article, originally titled Latest 2016 Popular Vote Election Results: Clinton Leads Trump By 2.6 Million, Margin Grows As Votes Continue To Be Counted was re-titled as Hillary Clinton Gets More Votes Than Any Candidate Ever. Yahoo! News removed the article after some backlash but did not retract the falsified headline, according to the Daily Wire. [42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ LiCalzi O'Connell, Pamela (29 January 2001). "New Economy; Yahoo Charts the Spread of the News by E-Mail, and What It Finds Out Is Itself Becoming News.". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Tartakoff, Joseph (3 March 2010). "Yahoo News Brings News Commenting Back". PaidContent. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Y! News: An Inside Look at Rebuilding the Largest News Site on the Web
  5. ^ Argentina
  6. ^ Brazil
  7. ^ French
  8. ^ English
  9. ^ Chile
  10. ^ Colombia
  11. ^ Mexico
  12. ^ Peru
  13. ^ Spanish
  14. ^ English
  15. ^ Venezuela
  16. ^ Hong Kong
  17. ^ English
  18. ^ Marathi
  19. ^ Tamil
  20. ^ Indonesia
  21. ^ Malaysia
  22. ^ Philippines
  23. ^ Singapore
  24. ^ Taiwan
  25. ^ France
  26. ^ Germany
  27. ^ Italy
  28. ^ Spain
  29. ^ United Kingdom
  30. ^ a b Stableford, Dylan (2012-02-01). "Yahoo News hires Olivier Knox as its first White House correspondent". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  31. ^ Byers, Dylan (2 February 2012). "Yahoo steals NY Times' Virginia Heffernan". Politico. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  32. ^ "Top Sites by Category: News". Alexa. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  33. ^ Rapaport, Lisa (2013-05-16). "Yahoo CEO Mayer Says Streaming News Will Display Tweets". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  34. ^ Gold, Hadas. "Yahoo News makes Couric move official". Politico. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  35. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  36. ^ Goldman, Sibyl (2007-06-11). "Yahoo! has a new celebrity site? omg!". Yodel Anecdotal. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  37. ^ Shields, Mike (2007-06-11). "omg! Yahoo Launches Celeb Channel". MediaWeek. Retrieved 2008-03-04. [dead link]
  38. ^ a b Hansell, Saul (2007-09-11). "OMG! Yahoo Has Copycat Gossip". BITS. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  39. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'The Insider' Signs Deal With Yahoo's Omg!, WIll Be Renamed 'Omg! Insider'". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  40. ^ Rose, Mike (3 June 2014). "Threes, Monument Valley and more pick up Apple Design Awards". Gamasutra. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  41. ^ [1] Alexa.
  42. ^ Camp, Frank (9 December 2016). "Yahoo Spreads Fake News Story Claiming Clinton Has Most Votes Ever Received". Daily Wire. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 

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