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Ratings and Reviews
Smart News is really smart
I was apparently one of the first regular user of the app and shared articles on Twitter constantly. 3 or 4 of the developers asked me for an interview via Skype and what Interested ME, was that they were all very young and what interested THEM was WHY I was so interested in the news. An earlier reviewer cited being fed too much liberal news and she should be happy with the addition of NEWSMAX which is definitely right leaning. Early on the developers said the algorithms choose the articles in your feed by the articles you actually read and your interest profile is just algorithms doing what they do but you have the option to choose a tab and read any article from any of the magazine you have added. I asked them to please keep it that was and not to start choosing ( as Facebook does ) articles to put forth an agenda, especially not a political agenda. So far I don’t see it happening. I have pretty eclectic interests and really enjoy the variety I have to choose from. This app also gives you the ability to swipe over to Reader View and read the articles without the annoying advertisements. All in all I hardly use any of my other news apps. I am afraid to count how many tabs I have on my home page! Love it!!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the praise and feel free to recommend us to your friends and family members if they enjoy seeing news from both sides. - Imee for SmartNews
After a thoughtful reply from the developers, what's below is my initial review, I have refocused my critique. The app is very good at aggregating what is available. The problem is that what's available in the general media today is difficult to categorize as "News". The heavy left leaning, urban centered, opining of most sources leaves little "News" to be read. I'll get my information from any perspective, but I'm more than capable of forming my own opinion. My critique is more about where we are as a society, than the performance of the app. The app functions well in the environment it lives in, providing articles from today's fast paced media outlets. The media outlets available however are quite often far from "News", and more often than not just newsstand sensationalism with better photos than the old National Enquirer. So, the SmartNews app is good, the sources are the problem. Use as directed.....
***While it touts itself as a centrist apolitical "real news" platform, if one types into the search the word "conservative", only two options come up. If you search through the suggested available sources, outlets such as Vox, Salon, Teen Vogue, CNN and scores of other "progressive" sources of (mis)information are the norm. It can be a source for news, you just have to be very, very selective while choosing your information source.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your updated review! Our machine learning provides news from all sides, away from the filter bubble of social media. It's not for everyone, but we like to encourage exposure to diverse perspectives. If you'd prefer a more specific point of view (e.g. Fox News, The Blaze, National Review, The Daily Caller, Reuters, and The AP), you can go to Discover and add the source as an individual channel.
App should be named MSNBC2
Being fed up with pretty much all media outlets having a noticeable political bias and wanting to JUST k ow what happened, not someone’s analysis of it, I’ve been looking for an app that just gives the news. Let me figure out what it means. an app that I can open up, see what happened in the world today and close it. I gave this app about 4 months. Every time I opened it it seemed to get worse. If there was a Trump/Republican bashing article anywhere on the net, you’ll find it on the front page here. You don’t even have to read the articles to see that everything on this site is for liberals. The titles are hilariously liberal. Don’t think I’ve seen a single article pertaining to the US government or the White House or republican that wasn’t a negative liberal opinion piece. I scrolled through about 5 minutes ago and it was ridiculous. Finally decided to delete it. This isn’t a news site. If you really just want to know what happened in the world today, this is not the site for you.
Update: Based on the developers feedback, it’s obvious that anyone who points out that this is a liberal leaning site is told to try Fox News for your conservative views. I’m not even a conservative. Just someone looking for unbiased news and this poser is telling everyone that points out their obvious bias that they’re a conservative and need to look elsewhere for their conservative views. This won’t be around long.
Developer Response ,
SmartNews is optimized to provide news from both sides. If you'd like a conservative perspective on the news, you can add Fox News or Washington Examiner tabs on our Discover page. The ""For You"" section on the Top channel will also change to better reflect your interests & help you discover stories based on your reading preferences.
- SmartNews, Inc.
- 20.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
- Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
- Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Unrestricted Web Access
- Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity
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