The Yahoo! home page has pretty much a standard appearance most times I go there. There's a list of options on the left. There's an image in the top center which is a still from a video. The image moves through a list of top stories. There's a list of trending topics on the right.
Below the still from the video there is a list of stories.
Many of the "news" items on the front page are not hard news, usually human interest or celebrity gossip -- or, if they are hard news, they're usually about crimes, rather than finance or world affairs. Here's an example
During the weekend following, I was accessing the Internet from Time Warner Cable in northern New Hampshire. During that entire weekend, the Yahoo homepage had a different format. Only the list of stories, which are in the bottom center of the above screen capture, was displayed on the home page as I saw it. The first story in the list was the "stockmarket meltdown". Since I was accessing the computer with an older deskbook, with a smallish screen, the description of that story was pretty much the only thing I could see on the Yahoo! home page.
Naturally, the market fell again on Monday.
Now today again they have a sponsored item -- presumably some kind of paid add -- which is second in the list of stories at the bottom center, and which is predicting a depression, even though the market is up.
The behavior of Yahoo! is clearly part of the problem: generating panic. What interest does Yahoo! have that makes them incite panic and further reduction in the price of stocks? Why are they doing this?
On the one hand, I don't like the idea of censorship. On the other hand, I can certainly sympathize with the decision of some governments, such as China, to prohibit the spreading of political rumors. These rumors and cause destabilizing panic -- and just undermine public confidence.
News media should be more responsible in trying to disseminate calm rather than panic.