Clint Munn - Great App to keep Updated on News Locally!!
I’ve been using this App for a handful of months now an my phone keeps it Updated. I personally have never had not even a single problem since downloading it even after the Latest Update — It’s rare to find a App that’s so dependable never crashes or anything else! Obviously, you have the choice either in downloading your Local News Station Apps from the App Store. As for myself I’ve got them downloaded on my devices alongside this awesome App for the variety of News stories locally/statewide. I gave News Break a 5 Star Rating for a few reasons like they don’t just give you News Stories Locally you'd later Watch on the TV. Offering a variety of News Content (lots of which you probably wouldn’t ever see) from all around your State. They made this App where all News Stories from Locally including around your Stare are offered to the Readers together in one Convenient App which makes this in my opinion the Ultimate Local News App! Also they always are rolling out New Updates on News Break fixing little things here an there even though it’s perfect where it’s at an it’s absolutely free so far from what I’ve explored! Devices I’m Using This App on Daily Are My (iPhone XS Max 256GB) and my (iPad 9.7” 128GB) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Glkelly2003 - It’s decent.. but there are some fatal flaws.
I downloaded this app to keep up to date with some things in Orlando while I’m here. Upon looking through various articles on the app, not only did I find that a lot of them were irrelevant to the news I actually needed, (news about crimes, laws, COVID-19 rules and so on), I noticed that the comments of most articles are just filled to the brim with spam, toxicity and hate speech toward one race. With especially a lot of hate toward black people. Every article I saw that included a black person or had nothing to do with black people always had a bunch of users in the comments going “stupid black people are the devil race” or “black people cannot be as smart as white people”. There have been other statements and even more horrible and derogatory ones the further you look into them. There are literal accounts on this platform dedicated just to hating on another race/ethnicity and it’s as if no one is watching over the community and moderating these comments/accounts. It really does not create a positive experience for anyone on the app and it sure doesn’t create one for anyone actually leaving useful comments under the articles. Like I said, this is a decent app for keeping up with local news in your area and has the potential to be on the level of an app like Citizen, but I would really like for there to be an option to report entire accounts rather than just block them. As of this review being posted, I have deleted the app.
Chrisz Duff - App for local and breaking news’ lovers
In the past few months, my mom and I’ve switched to get my news through Newsbreak. Its entire news feed revolves around our personal interests. I like the way they present the “Following” tab as well as “For You” tab, both delivering personalized news feed. I am also impressed by the numerous good-quality sources they have, which seems to be the key metrics for a good news app right now. The full coverage of local news is the reason my mom love this app and choose it, as my family can get the latest news from our county and the news around the world.
I do not get swamped with push notifications that much. .. the notifications I do receive are nice and gentle reminders of good stories that are available to read, which also reminds me that I have the application (which is nice! ). The only glitch is that sometimes they get me the old news stories in the notification, which confused me a little bit. I am looking forward to a way to report this error to the team so that they can do something about it. General speaking, Newsbreak is my favorite news app among several for now!
AA6TC - One spot for news - with a caveat
Update: I’m my review below, what I was seeing was a web site I was directed to with more ads than news. I had erroneously thought that NewsBreak was responsible for the plethora of ads. However, this particular web site appeared more than once in my feed, and I was getting frustrated. With that being said, and understanding what’s going on, I do wish there was a way I could target that web site not to appear in my feed. I understand ads are a major way that revenue is created to keep these feeds going, but some go to far and I try to keep from giving them that income. I have been getting the email notifications and would go to the source to read the story. I decided to install and use the app - and that’s when I realized that the space given to advertising was almost 3 to 1 over actual news stories in the app. And I was forced to scroll through the ads to read part of a sentence, then scroll through another ad, to read another small sentence - all the way through the story. And trying to scroll on a phone without the app launching an ad is frustrating at best. I’ll stick to the email and read the stories from the source. The app is just to frustrating to use when you spend more time dancing around advertising than what the app purports to be.
TT20002000 - Deletes anti racist comments and leaves racist comments up
I think it’s funny how I always consistently see extremely racist slurs and statements commented by many people, but any time I comment something in defense to these racist comments, my comments just disappear? Honestly, I leave nastier comments on different topics (people being sexist, etc) yet those aren’t deleted.. but every comment I have in defense to racism is always deleted? I’ve made sure to not include any sort of hateful vocabulary many times before, and they’re always deleted.
So much is wrong with this. If you can delete my comments or prevent them from posting, you could easily do the same for these racist comments that I’m feeling the need to respond and defend in the first place. Don’t make me feel wrong for defending unnecessary hate. You’re wrong for supporting it. All those hateful comments and users all ignorantly comments the things they do because of apps like yours. Because you’ve made it obvious which side you’re on, and they love it. An app like yours shouldn’t have biases, but it’s obvious that you care more about supporting the hateful space you’ve created rather than making smarter business decisions. Just like I say to everyone I comment to, karma is real and whatever you think that makes you feel oh so untouchable is the exact reason you will receive the karma you deserve.
Devilmaycare210 - Overwhelmingly Negative
I downloaded this app almost a year ago. I’ve loved it because it does provide notifications on what’s happening in my local area. However lately with the current COVID-19 crisis, it’s all the app has become about. It’s great for staying up to date on what’s happening with the corona virus, however as someone who struggles with anxiety, I’m disappointed and frustrated that every 3 hours I’m getting a notification for something virus-related. I could understand if it was letting me know about business closures in my area or info on the ever-changing stay-at-home order, but it’s not. For example, the most recent one had to do with the surgeon general predicting a high death toll in the next week and “9/11-like moments.” Last night it was something to do with Trump’s statements about the rising death toll as well. I get that it’s a news app, but it used to give me more info than just the current world crisis. I don’t need to hear about all the bad stuff, I’d love some more wholesome content. However I’ve decided to delete the app as I can’t see that happening anytime soon. Again, great app for staying up to date, but not if you’re already overwhelmed by it all. I’d recommend not downloading until the pandemic starts to clear up. 2 stars would be my current rating, but before all of this I would’ve given it 4.
JRopertx - Great news consolidator app
This is my favorite news consolidator app. Does a great job presenting a wide cross section of top news items without obvious bias (possibly embedded but not obvious). Not sure but suspect there are some restrictions about the available sources but still hope to see continued expansion. A few wish list items:
Restore simple view - this option was recently deprecated. Too bad. I really appreciated the ability to just view the raw content. Much quicker to navigate. Probably had issues with source providers.
Source selection - would be nice to have the option to turn off sources (not just topics) that are uninteresting to me.
Article ordering - it would be great if articles covering a “similar” topic were presented together in descending date order. I know that “similar” is a high bar. One of the principle reasons i use this app is to view diverse perspectives on the same topics. It would help if they were presented accordingly.
Rx: Celebrate Life!! - Grammar Matters!
Where are the journalists—and more importantly, the editors—who went to English class? The NewsBreak articles are very reliable in terms of real-time happenings; however, some of the articles lack the grammatically-correct impact they should provide. A more broad use of descriptions (adjectives) would be welcomed, too! (Find an online thesaurus?)
For example, how many times did we have to read ‘restaurant in Southern California’ in the story about the San Pedro Fish Market (I believe that’s the name of it…!) that seats over 3,000 people?! Yes, I was born, raised, & reside in Southern California, & I am encouraged to visit San Pedro to experience the food & views (from beautiful photos, not details in the article), but why don’t we learn a little about the city & (on the marina) location (in San Pedro, California, if that wasn’t too obvious—but there are ‘many other locations’ mentioned, as well), until the address is listed at the very end?! It also would have been nice to learn where ‘the other locations’ can be found.
Overall, this Catholic School Girl truly appreciates the NewsBreaks. I just wanted to provide some constructive criticism.
JRN0824 - Used to get vital info but now....
I really used to appreciate the NewsBreak notifs because they were new and informative. In past two months though I have gotten, literally, 3 notifs a day about the Second Stimulus that there has been no new info about especially while Congress is on break. Why do you keep torturing those of us who really need REAL info about the Stimulus because we cannot go back to work? It’s more than annoying, it almost feels like the app is rubbing it in our faces. If you read the comments under each of these articles I am not alone. Last article had 3,000 comments saying exactly what I’m saying. I am turning off notifs and will rely on local news app from now on.
UPDATE: I have deleted the app. Not only am I still getting 5 articles a day about this stimulus package still and there’s no new news..... on top of that the app is linked through Facebook so any political article has some of worst commenters who spew hate speech and threaten violence. I spent a few days reporting the comments but it doesn’t matter. The most sane thing to do just delete. I get my news from large political outlets who don’t have uneducated people threatening people who don’t support the president’s narrative. Take out the Facebook link for comments (IE make us make an account) and quit sending the same articles 5 times a day and I will return.
Hev Dawg - What you’re really getting
A feed of article headlines and pictures ranging from what Kim kardashian wore to bed (and you’re not gonna believe the reaction) to more serious presidential news. All taken from a diverse spectrum of prestigious news organizations to rinky-dink news outlets I am unfamiliar with that with the click of a story, you are instantly redirected to their news page. The reason for my rating, is that I wanted a more selective group of stories by which I mean I have no interest in knowing “Pregnant Katy Perry looks stunning in no-makeup selfie amid quarantine” or any “no cover” topics in my mind and have no way of weeding out of my feed. Nor do I enjoy when I (admittedly) don’t check first and am redirected from the app to the website of a news source most would find unsuitable for a work setting . Furthermore on the rare occasion I find a story I wish to look into, I click the link, the page nearly loads, crashes, automatically begins reloading, crashes a second time, when I am then left with a dimly lit, gray, blank page, and yet again no interesting story. With my options reduced to worthless page fillers and an eternity of refreshing only to never be able to read the article that made it worth the bandwidth used downloading this app in the first place, I fully intend on uninstalling the second I post this warning.
BridgettLeah - Daily CORONAVIRUS information (State links to DPH) outdated
I can only speak for Georgia; the state's Department of Public Health (DPH) link has been outdated for over a month... the link takes you to a "Page Not Found" error. A little editorial work, or delegation thereof by the NewsBreak editors (or even allowing email feedback on the NewsBreak app - I tried that and they haven't even set up an email link for Support!!) and they would have known about the issue themselves without someone having to leave a shoddy review.
Additionally, if you live Local to a tired old newspaper - the kind that literally will not allow a single story to be seen/read online (beyond the first couple of sentences) without your purchasing a subscription - you won't ever get any actual Local news. NewsBreak shouldn't even post these stories! It's basically an offshoot of clickbait...." Here's a breaking news story in your area!! [Reader clicks] Oopsy. You'll have to pay if you want to know how the investigation into the unsolved murder of a beloved 83 year old woman in your community is or isn't progressing, though the flailing TimesGeorgian wrote a headline that makes it sound like the sheriff has leads... it's just clickbait to make you buy a subscription and find out the sheriff is still baffled."
Foodhurtsme - App needs a search and filter feature
App is pretty good, but needs the ability to search the headlines for keywords. Also needs a filter so that certain sources may always be omitted from results, e.g. always exclude CNN, etc. Also, the ability to mark story categories that you don’t want to see anymore would be useful. Say a story pops up about sex or gender issues, and you just prefer not to see those type of stories anymore. Also, big ads which appear as if they are stories are repeating or often shown. It would be nice to mark or tag the ad and say “I’ve seen this, I’m not interested, please don’t show it to me anymore thank you”. The app is surprisingly fast and responsive. There are so many news apps out there, this one seems to distinguish itself by it’s responsiveness — its very fast. The big ads appearing as if they were stories is an interesting take on generating ad revenue, but they are not obtrusive (at least in 2 column landscape mode on an iPad since real stories appear on the left, while the ads feed appears on the right column with other real stories.) The app needs more features as I have mentioned to make it more appealing.
Feliz HodgePodge - Decent
I do like getting notifications throughout the day and that I can control how many notifications I get and when. I wish the comment sections weren’t so toxic, but free speech *is* good to have. It’d just be nice to see more respectful discord and less trolling happening, but alas. I thought there was a search function, but I can’t find it for the life of me. It’d also be nice to search for stories you are looking for especially when you open the app & it displays a story just to disappear a second later. That’s frustrating. It would be nice to see less depressing stories. I like keeping up with world, national, local and events, but don’t necessarily want to be inundated with depressing information all day long. I also like that it attempts to stay non-partisan. I prefer my news to be non-partisan so I can make my own decision, but also like seeing opinions from the left and right to better understand people’s positions. It is nice that there is a scale in your settings so the algorithms can try to give you want you want. All in all a good app.
Gini D in Texas - Good for a fast read.
I started out loving this app. It was great for my local news. It gave stories sometimes first, sometimes those I couldn’t get elsewhere. I started using this app in February. By April it started having so many bugs it was barely useable. If you actually get linked to a story shown, and then want to follow on to another shown below, it won’t follow the link. So then you think ok, I’ll open it in Safari, but then you get the first story and can’t find the one you wanted to read on the homepage of that news outlet to which have been directed. It is terribly frustrating. This app has the potential to be one of the best news apps for local news and has done a great job of keeping readers up to date on the corona virus and its ramifications in my area. But it is not quite at being fully integrated. I end up loving and hating it at the same time. I admit to being a news junkie so I always want to read MORE. Developer, please, bring this to the next level. For those who want a fast read of generally what’s happinging in your area, give this a try.
WanderingGrace14 - Has potential, but hostile comment sections are causing me to delete the app.
This app has potential. I like being able to quickly get news without going to Twitter or somewhere else. It’s a quick click. For the most part articles sent to notifications have been relevant (although the frequent click bait stimulus articles have been annoying).
However, the comment sections are horrible. For some reason racist, anti-mask Trump supporters have flooded this app. They leave awful, aggressive comments and harass anyone who has a differing opinion. I have attempted to have civil conversations in the comment sections (and have seen others attempt to do the same) and we have only been met with aggressive hostility. These comment sections either need to be deleted or need to be heavily moderated. I haven’t seen an option to report comments either. So unfortunately, I will be deleting this app to protect my own mental health and caution others about downloading it. It’s draining. Keeping up with the news can be draining enough, but the hostility in the comments is disgusting. I will be checking out other news apps and am hoping to find one that hasn’t been overrun by hateful bigots.
Jbzagabe - The Best App Right Now
Everything about this app has been what I should have expected expect only one tiny thing. I’ve been using this application lately because of Coronavirus news, and to be honest, I don’t complain, but as I just noted earlier, if you guys can just add this one feature, it will be helpful for not only me, but maybe for many others out there. I think you should add a search field especially for countries and/or cities, so people can search for specific locations/country to get the news they want to know first. Many among us are separated from our families. Therefore, for those who are concerned, their first intentions when they open your application, they intend to look for news about the countries where they came from for their loved ones if covid-19 has worsened or not. This is before anything else. But again, I love you your application and I use on daily basis.
Tatum.buckley - good for news, bad for comments
i love the news break app and was introduced to it by a friend in march when covid was getting serious in the US, for more information. i love how you can have local news and national news alerts and covid stats in one place. however, there’s a few issues that need to be fixed. the comment sections on topics, specifically regarding trump and covid, there is insane radicalization and fake news being spread around in the comments and their replies. these comments spew hate and false information that is very dangerous. it is irresponsible for news break to not being filtering or disabling comments right now, especially since it is a literal news app. i have seen literal death threats to government officials, false information, and even more misinformation about the covid vaccine. it is so important that news break does something about this comment section because radicalization and misinformation about a vaccine that could save thousands of lives is very dangerous. i don’t want to go to check my news in the morning and see trump supporters spewing hate and threats and false information.
NikiD88 - So, I have a friend I’d like you to meet...
In this day in age.. where all news is biased. A friend of mine shared one of your articles. So I do the natural thing. Download your app just so I can read it. Even allow the “push notifications.” Because, As rare as it is, I actually, genuinely, still want to hear what people have to say!!! I really enjoyed this channel for a few days. Fast. Direct. To the point. And then. As we are known to say in the south. “Welp?”. (Sarcasm inserted). I know I’m a nobody and I am just a little tiny review. And maybe I’m just fed up like everybody across the nation is for so many reasons. Ya know. I guess for what it’s worth. I’d just like to see a small news company be the change. The one that speaks all sides. Actually fact checks. All sides. Real is what people want in this digital driven age. People are afraid of the truth. They don’t always like it. But whether they know it or not.. people respect it. Thank you. Disclaimer. I do not troll the internet, nor am I some new self proclaimed activist or wannabe. I think I’ve written 3 reviews for anything in my life. Just felt the need to vent or whatever. Or at the very least. Maybe give someone a good laugh. Maybe I should like many people. Just get a diary. Welp!
Keeping the peace MJW - App needs to be shut down and under investigation
You get 1 star for sharing the news and that's it! This app only does one thing right and that's report the news. But please explain to me why there's no consequence to the racist comments you allow in the comment section? There shouldn't even be a comment section!! This isn't FB or IG nor Twitter!!! The comments are so vile I'm convinced this app is ran by extreme racist. The comments are so bad against blacks and other minorities mainly blacks it's disgusting!!! Theyre so racist they assume it was a black person who did the crime and make vile comments only to find out it was a white person. Fake names crazy profile pictures. They openly use nasty racist words, threats, harrassimg people in the comment section. We report them and nothing is being done about it. If you won't fix it (disable or filter the comment section) and have rules then I guess it's time to get people to cancel this app and get it shut down!!! Share the news and THAT'S IT!! Nothing else is important!!!!
You can save the same Copy and paste response you dish to the other reviews about the racist comment section. Your agenda is clearly seen!!!
DPHANTOMS97 - I like this app but...
I like the news, I like being able to track the virus cases in my city and I like being able to track the protests. Of course there are some repetitive articles, but this app doesn’t report the news it compiles it in an easy place for us all to see. What I really hate about this app is the community, doesn’t matter what article you go to you’ll find terrible terrible bigots in the comment section. These comments really need to be moderated, and a lot of those people really should be put on a watch list. They think because they’re just sitting behind a phone screen they can say what they want, but that’s not how it is. Everyone needs to learn that the comments they leave effect people, it’s not what you meant to say it’s how other people perceive what you say that matters. Some of these comments are just so heinous and terrible skewed towards incredibly racist undertones and even sometimes it’s so blatant you’re just surprised. If we’re talking about the actual app though, it’s pretty great, but I think you should disable the comments seriously.
Dsim259809 - Love app, hate notifications…
I love this news app. It’s very informative, and keeps me up on my local news. What I don’t like is the notifications… I go through and clear the stories I don’t care to read, and the ones I’ve already read, and any that don’t interest me. They return the next day or within a couple of days. This morning I had 62 notifications for stories that were written as far back as 7 days ago, that I had already cleared because I wasn’t interested in reading them. How about fixing it so if I “clear” a notification I’m not interested in, it stays off my notifications… I really don’t want to turn off all the notifications. Other than the notifications, I do love and enjoy this news app. I recommend it to people quite a bit. Keep up the good work.
James880893 - Great when it works
I love the fact that I can see all the news stories in one place instead of trying to look all over the web for them. However, I also deleted this app due to the many glitches I have encountered which cause frustration when there’s a story your really interested in reading. I’ll receive a notification for a news story, and after clicking it, the app will open up. Then 9 times out of 10 I’ll click to open the story and nothing will happen. I have to close the app and then reopen it, then try and search through the articles to find the one I received a notification for. Since I tapped the notification, I’m not able to tap it again. I usually just give up and go search google. The same thing tends to happen with the stories I might be interested in that show when scrolling to the bottom. The first link might work, but the rest won’t work at all. Of course when I go online to use the news-break website, I always end up getting redirected to open the app for the article.
Gaige2 - Racist company
Yes a lot of ppl of color now know for a fact this company is 100% racist. Ppl of color can mimic a white person racial comment Word for word And the comment FAILED TO POST BUT the white persons comment post like a sleeping new baby. SO WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? Many ppl of color has done this word for word a a white person racial nasty comment and guess what the little box comes up FAILED TO POST!!!
I’ll update my review when we ppl of color see that your trying to stop us from being called all racial names by your white posters A GOOD IDEA IS TO FORCE THEM TO USE A REAL NAME AND PIC JUST LIKE FACEBOOK DOES NOW AND IF THEY HAVE NO ACCT FORCE THEM TO HAVE ONE IN ORDER TO POST THEN YOU CAN REALLY KNOW WHO THE PERSON IS? We ppl of color are so tired of even a story of a infant turned and call black this or blk monkey baby that YES WE GET ANGRY BECAUSE YOUR COMPANY FAILS OR WORDS BACK TO THEM AND THEY CONTINUE TO CALL US INHUMAN NAMES EVEN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH THE WHITE PPL ARE ALLOWED TO SAY BLK DEAD AS N HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED OH AND THEY CALL ANY STORY ABOUT A MURDERED CHILD AND THE STORY YOU JUST WROTE ABOUT THE CHILD IN DETROIT THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THE PARENTS AT GUNPOINT THEY BELITTLED THAT BABY LIKE A ANIMAL SO YOU SEE UNTIL YOU HOLD THIS RACIAL ISSUES ACCOUNTABLE WE HAVE TO SAY TO ANYONE THAT WILL LISTEN ITS ALLOWED
Boi sup - News for the Woke and Vacuous
This app will alert you to breaking local news sometimes, which is useful. Precisely because that news is breaking, this feed cannot, of course, be fairly faulted for its lack of detailed coverage in those situations.
What I find downright annoying, though, is the so-called "progressive" spin of so much of the news coverage, much along the same nauseating lines as Yahoo! News and MSNBC. A secondary drawback is its over-emphasis, IMHO, on some of the basest elements of mass culture.
If you prefer your daily dose of saccharine blue pill mental analgesic, then perhaps this is the echo chamber for you. You'll also be among the first to learn when soap opera stars marry or when sports stars re-sign with their teams. But if your sense of personal integrity and commitment to the truth have led you to choose the red pill, instead, despite its bitterness, then you'll look elsewhere for your information, though perhaps holding on to this site, too, for an occasional taste of the swill others are swallowing.
Drew Mclean - Repetitive posts
I like this app for the fact that I can can pretty current local news. The biggest down side is that there is a repetitive almost and onslaught to just make a news break about the stimulus check. The post are over and over saying when you will get your stimulus or how much you will receive them but when you pay attention there really is no update at all. It seems like it is just making people who have the app anxious or aggravated that we don’t have the stimulus check yet. If there is not a real actual and factual update then don’t post a news break stating the same speculation reworded. Your only making your users more and more impatient for the stimulus. I never see a repetitive post about anything else. I hope this is not politically motivated because this is not news if there is no actual updated news to report on the same subject. I don't want to delete this app because it is good for local news like is previously stated but I will if I keep getting flooded with the same non-news post about the stimulus.
Ekkthroi - Local News cam be found elsewhere without the dubious articles
At first it seemed convenient. I live in NYC and sometimes just the sheer density of it all can drown out some truly local news. And it was sometimes handy that covid info was readily available in the app.
But whether it’s just by circumstance or design, the feed shows a pattern of peppering real news with dubious reports and some outright disinformation. I’m not talking about the NY Post that’s a highly opinionated, politically charged tabloid-it’s always been a part of NYC’s landscape and their inclusion in the local coverage is understandable.
I’m talking about truly blatant misinformation about covid, vaccines and politics, and from “news” sites no one’s ever heard of. It’s not clogging the feed, but their occasional appearances make it almost more insidious. It may be just their algorithms doing this, but as it’s already just another tech firm trying to capitalize on others’ content, I don’t like it and don’t trust it. Better off following a couple of local newspapers and TV stations in your area since that’s all they’re really doing.
SMOKIE3914 - UPDATE ON REVIEW!! LINKS ARE BROKEN/OPEN UP!!
IF I COULD GIVE IT A “ZERO” NOW I WOULD!!
UPDATE: This program has gotten worse vs. better over the two weeks. It got to the point when I click on the notification area to read the news report that I wanted, the screen would come up blank!! But, when the article that I want to read does show, I still can’t finish reading the full article/news report I wanted, the links are still broken/won’t open up!!!
OLD REVIEW-WAS A 3 STAR
THE GREAT THING’S:
I love the news stories that is available to read, especially the verity that is there. I like the way the program remembers what type of news you like & updates you on these areas of news that a person likes to read. I especially like the categories on how the news areas is set up. I use the application a lot, since I have the notification’s on news areas that I like to read.
NOW THE BAD THINGS:
I would have given the program a “Five.”
But, I am getting annoyed that when I want to read the news notification that I set up “I am not able to do so!” The link at the bottom of each part of the news story won’t open up most of the time. You only get to read the “Teaser part of the news only & not the whole news story!!” I usually have to shut the program down & reload it, before the news extensions/links will work. But when I do that, I can’t find the story that I wanted to read in the 1st place, when I had to restart the program! Please fix this problem & I will update my review.
Surgikalstrike - Great amount of news with strong liberal bias
News Break has a great deal of strong liberal bias. I realize News Break uses outside sources for news, that said, please consider a conservative source such as the Daily Wire, etc. Fox News no longer qualifies as conservative.
I really like News Break other than the aforementioned bias. I also realize the presidential administration is changing. I think it’s important to point out that 49% of the country identifies as conservative. I know several people who have deleted this app due to the strong liberal bias but I hope my comment will be heard and I can avoid deleting this mostly useful app.
Also many states don’t have COVID lockdowns and many states including my own don’t require masks to be worn so getting hourly COVID updates is tantamount to getting the snow report when you live in Hawaii.
The bottom line is for every strong liberal talking point can you at least mention a strong conservative talking point?
Blkdmndz01 - Great way to stay on top of current events
This app allows me to stay up to date with my local news as well as national news. I am also able to read articles from newspapers and news channels in the locations where my distant family members reside. I also love the ability to like the article helping the app to recommend more stories similar to it. There is also the ability to comment or respond to comments made by others. Unfortunately, there are often times lots of arguments in the comments due to difference of opinion. There should be a feature to report very offensive comments and the user be suspended for a period of time. Just be aware if you make comments rather good or bad, someone will likely counter it for their shameless entertainment. I usually pay those comments no attention. But overall the app is really great.
Ladylonglocks - Yet Another NewsBreak Fail
I previously wrote a review complaining how even if you opened an article in Safari the page would remain in a NewsBreak container, making it difficult to share the legitimate link without jumping through hoops. That review has mysteriously disappeared. Now you can't open articles in Safari AT ALL, and that is just unconscionable. Restricting people from being able to perform normal functions for no other reason than to drive traffic to your own site is a really bad look, and makes the app useless for anything other than reading headlines in notifications that do nothing more than inspire you to search the web for the legitimate articles. Zero stars until you restore some semblance of normal functionality. You have now ensured I will NEVER share a NewsBreak link for any reason. Nobody else should either. Let people use the Web as it was intended and stop trying to control them for your own self-serving interests.
I have saved this review so I can repost it in the event it also disappears.
Fun too great - No more
This is an up dated review. Originally I only gave it 3 stars and here is why:
I really used to like this app. I could get a synopsis of new stories or I could read the entire news story itself. However now there are ads appearing in the middle of the stories and they cannot be read I’m going to delete this app and I’m going to tell everybody I know not to get it until this is taken care of it is ridiculous. So frustrating to get in the middle of a sentence and then have the stupid car ad or some other ad in the middle of the rest of the story. Please take care of this problem.
HOWEVER — I received a response from the developers thanking me for my review and I am now updating to 5 stars. And I want to thank the developers for being so responsive! I wish they all were.
Dzwsag - Local News
I love reading local news when I am not at work. Bigger papers do not cover important news in my community and I need to be informed to feel comfortable living in Islip. I grew up in Islip at the time when the only local news was the Islip Bulletin which we had a subscription for at home. With the internet and great reporting, your “newspaper” has improved my quality of life because I feel less isolated from my community. This is very important during the COVID outbreak and for the aging population of Long Island who may not get out of the house as often as they did when younger.
I hope that you continue to inform people of news, jobs, and events. I also want to congratulate you on a job well done and give you my best wishes for the future! Thank you all for your excellent work which is greatly appreciated!
Ecrispen1223 - Great app
This app is perfect to keep up with local news and other topics of interest. I love the push notifications and would give it a five star if it wasn’t for one frustrating glitch. Whenever a notification of a story pops up on my phone, and I click on it to read, the story opens for a brief second and before I can click on it to read, the app refreshes it’s stories and I can’t find it anymore. I’ve resorted to seeing if I can beat the refresh moment..so it’s part of the fun. But seriously can you make it so that the notification actually open the story directly? There have been times I wasn’t able to find it and had to resort to searching on safari or just not reading it.
This app is wonderful and that glitch doesn’t take away from its great features. There isn’t another app like it that I can find, so I will make it my go to. Thanks for developing it. Great work.
Yungstud - Avoid the comments
Update 2: It appears the devs have allowed the blocking of news sources soon after my first review. You earned a star! Still, those comments are terrible though...
Update 1: This app needs to disable the comments section completely or at least give people the option to disable it themselves. They are worse than Facebook. Probably equally as bad as Twitter. Though I admit I’m not on either anymore. People say the most vile, hateful things to each other and about the world in general. It really detracts from the purpose of staying up to date with current events.
Original: I love that I can just get the top news stories and local headlines. However, I’m tired of accidentally clicking on certain news sources. There are certain ones I want to block and never have my data affiliated with, yet there is no way to do that currently. Please fix that.
Iohcnivek - ads and irrelevant stories
I checked out this news app after having refrained from using one for over two years because it is #1 in the news category in the app store. I deleted it after 2 minutes. It's littered with ads, and the built in browser is clunky. The amount of information you'll obtain in a few swipes is miniscule because news headline links take up an entire page. Terrible UI design. If you need news on your phone, do yourself a favor and buy an adblocking app like 1Blocker and add the safari bookmarks of reputable news sources like Reuters to your iPhone's home screens. You'll get no ads, you'll be able to CHOOSE the sources you want to read from and overall will be a more active digester of the news. Why anyone uses these ad infested hunks of UI garbage is beyond me. Don't download. They also sell your digital soul to the devil and God knows to whom such a small little company like this sells your data to. They also have no option to delete your account through their app. Sus.
Punkinsmasher - Would have given 5 until they made this 1 change
I really enjoyed this app because unlike most others, it’s not an echo chamber of the same side of the isle stuff over and over again. They are a little left biased somewhat but that’s just because of how awful the media is minus a small percentage. But..now they want you to sign in using google or Facebook or to create an account so they can continue to track your speech. I used to be able to comment anonymously without needed to sign in with one of my accounts but not anymore. You can still upvote and downvote comments but you can’t comment yourself anymore. Which wasn’t how it always was and I like it that way. If anyone says something inappropriate or threatening, you can still report it and you would do that even if you didn’t have an account with a user name before. But not anymore and that’s a major drawback for me.
Mama3worksAThome - The truth about Parler
It’s this simple, Parler does not atop the truth from getting out, which SOO many people want to see happen. They don’t want people to know about what’s REALLY going on, just whatever suits there narrative, which is simple- FAKE NEWS! On Parler you are free to be yourself, have total control of your own posts and who comments. I have been using it for a little over a month and I’m so thankful to meet soo many other patriotic people who are awakened to the truth behind what’s happening and why. We want you to think for yourself, and in order to do that you must be given all the information. Even that which you don’t want to believe is true. The truth isn’t always pretty, but there is so much beauty and love that you can’t see also because some people don’t want you to! Here you can. Here you are welcome.
Drathstar - Not real news! Just clickbait and adds!
I tried this app to get news articles for a few months but the vast majority of things I looked at were either vapor thin PARTS of POSSIBLE stories to serve as cover for a clickbait title which never actually gave the information about a topic or answer to a question, just a brief paragraph or so leading up to sounding like it was going to legitimately answer and inform them to end abruptly without even a link to continue the story! Often there would be another advert link below somewhere with the same or similar title and either the same paragraph or just enough change to be separate but still no real knowledge or facts to be had! Jimmy from South Park could have been a prophet about the creation of apps and services like this piece of clickbait trash!(Im only slightly joking about that, just a touch of hyperbole with humor to cover over some of the bitterness of the bile I feel crawling up my throat at the thought of the kind of human scum who take the time to make fecal matter so vile!)
Imoogi - This app rocks for local news
News break is the best app I’ve tried for getting local news. I’ve tried many, but for most of the others, that means news from the nearest large cities. I live in a rural town and finding truly small town local news news online is difficult. Yes, you can go to your newspaper’s site, but that’s just what they cover. News break grabs all three of the very small towns in my community and spoon feeds it to me. That includes special events!
There’s one large issue. If you share a story, people have to download the app to read it. Sight unseen, none of my friends has, so I no longer share because they resent being sent an article they have to download an app for. I wouldn’t download it either. Most news sites allow one to go to a link on the web rather than demanding a download. Seems like a much better way to get new subscribers.
Steinfi3 - Inaccurate and a lot of ads
I am not someone who leaves negative reviews. I’ve used this app consistently for a couple years now. It is excellent about keeping me informed on local news. This is the positive that allows me to give it 2 stars and I would give more if not for the negative. There are a ton of ads and getting to the actual article can be clunky/sketchy getting through the ads and pop ups. I could also overlook this, however the biggest issue is the false stories. This is not me complaining about stories I don’t like. This is me complaining about articles that appear to be real, but then have ridiculous narratives and when I go to look them up they turn out to be completely false. I would love if I could keep using this app, but can’t stand finding out that articles that I’ve clicked on are like TMZ rumors on steroids, or just blatantly made up. I don’t want to have to question every article I read.
JACo_OLz™ - AWESOME FREE APP!
This is a beyond my expectation news app! I love how it feeds and notify my what is going on in my neighborhood, my county and other states! Not to mention “Classified Ads”, you can Like, Share and Comment! (No thumbs down though).
If you missed your notifications and want to be updated. Just go to your “inbox” and it will show the notifications you missed. So far the app has not crash yet and it’s fast!
GREAT JOB! Looking forward to a feature to be able to Listen on audio option instead of reading the text. This helps keep updated on the news if you are driving or taking a break. Adding videos would also be nice to have. Instead of just awesome pictures! :) Adding Stocks/Finance is another feature I would like to see and be able to import my broker to see my investments gains/loss.
CA Drema - I Loved It At First, But.......
This was a terrific app at first. I particularly loved the ability to see local news stories. But the app gives the headlines, and a sentence or two, and then has a READ MORE, and you click that to read the entire article. The articles themselves open from a separate news source, a newspaper etc. The problem is that after 2 weeks of using this app, most of the time when I click the READ MORE link to read an article, most of the news sources it takes me to tell me I’ve maxed out on my number of free articles, and want me to subscribe to read anymore. And we’re not talking about free subscriptions, you have to pay to subscribe. So, though it’s not the fault of the app itself, the app is no longer useful to me since the news source they’re linking to for a given article will no longer let me read their articles. So sadly, I’ll have to delete this app, since all it’s capable of in my case now is teasing me with headlines from articles I can’t read.
Valerie Buchanan - Great idea but needs improvement
I’ve only recently downloaded this app and totally enjoyed being able to interact with other readers on different articles. Unfortunately it is too difficult if not impossible to return to a specific article and comment when someone replies to something you post on an article. I will probably end up deleting this app because it’s too much to deal with some of the harassing responses to my comments and not be able to go back to it and defend myself. I have tried sending the articles to myself vis messenger so I can keep track of them but the articles are not received even though it says the share was successful. I even tried sending one to a friend but the result was the same. When I go to my messages and tap on a reply to my comment, nothing happens.
CC&JM - not as good as it was before
It seems every time this app changes it goes downhill. More and more adds appear all the time. It’s more than half advertising. Now the local news stream for my area has more news about a city in a different state than it does for where I live. It is because the news station that was local was bought out and is now located in a city that is in a different state. But that happened years ago. This app has been declining and it is getting lazy. I was able to see news from different sources before. Now the app seems to be including less variety of sources. Therefore it is now showing local news that is not at all local. Less effort to use relevant and multiple sources and triple or more adds than before. Too bad instead of the app getting better it is getting worse and worse. It was a really good app when I started using it. I hope to find a better news app.
Triple D 9780 - Real journalism that brings the truth—- not just some boy readings screen selling PHYOPS
Before the corporations got rid of TRUTH TELLING WRITERS and journalists who risk there life for truth. The last of them was like on the 80’s. Now corporations own every news station and pump SENSATIONALISM to make I scared, to make u consume to make ur kids want a bunch of stuff they don’t need Boy they really thought it breaking the union up for a corporate was good but only for a hand ful at the top. I always felt that in order to truly change or truly believe u must be giving the whole truth for and how u make a true choice. This app is like that if they ring truth they will grow bigger and it will go far faster. Happy to be a reader of new not a tv watcher of poo. Ohhh Incase u don’t know what sensationalism is our military call it PHYOPS. pretty scary.
Jkfs23 - Four stars but maybe five?
I love this app for having local news but some of the news outlets won’t let you read their articles without a subscription, namely the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and the Virginia, Minnesota news paper and the Hibbing Daily newspaper. I am asking you to check with the news outlets you use to see if they require a subscription or not. If they don’t I hope you will drop them because it is annoying to read a headline only to go in and find out you can’t read an article unless you pay for it. There are so many free news outlets online that I can’t imagine any news outlets not offering free reading of their news. Also, the app keeps sticking in place when I try to scroll to read the news. Sometimes this happens repeatedly and I cant do anything when it freezes up like that so I have to leave the app.
AnotherGrain OfSand - Serious problems hide good potential
This is a solidly written app that suffers from horrific editing. It’s all click-bait all the time. Nearly every headline is a variant of “Wait ’Till You See This!” Just tell us what “This” is and we’ll decide if it’s worth reading. Instead we’re treated like children who haven’t gotten past object permanence and must be fed passive-aggressive headlines to respond. I dread using it because there’s so much sewage to wade through and the leads are all buried in the clicks. The comments reveal their target audience. Very heavy on right-wing sources like Fox and Washington Examiner, etc. It’s the digital reincarnation of the National Enquirer. If you look at the advertising they attract it matches their editorial bias so they’re trapped and so are the users. If they had better story choices they’d attract better advertisers (maybe it’s ad sales force that keeps them in the gutter). But they sometimes post local news stories that are important to be aware of so I haven’t deleted the app.
Nosey Neighbor SKN - App
Enjoy this app! I like that it provides local and global news,tracks what I read to curate a feed specific to my interests and updates to provide local content whenever I'm traveling! I have one tiny issue though, which is certain headlines will only allow you to read a few sentences before requiring a subscription to finish the article. Some do offer a limited number of free articles/free reads before requiring said subscription, while others ask right away. I don't see the point in having an app for ALL my "news needs" that also requires subscribing to several newspapers to finish reading articles. 🤔 but it's also just as easy to close the tab and find the story elsewhere (if I'm truly that intrigued) 🙄 as it is to complain about this issue. Hopefully that changes in the next update or two!
Bexearbck - News break app: the strait dope and more
Great for keeping up to date with all the latest crime news and more. I haven’t found anything that even comes close to Newsbreak and a single news station app or even several local station apps leaves much to be desired especially covering multiple breaking national news stories in a single feed. Ability to add multiple locations makes Newsbreak even more enlightening and keeps me apprised of what’s happenings round me. The most annoying thing about it is is that in a single newsfeed there are multiple listings of the same story which is quite irritating. For example if I list my home city is San Antonio enter local it will bring me all the late breaking news stories and I might see the same story eight times. Just need to see the story once in a feed there is new info needed to be added to provide an occurrence unfolding and developing.
Watchful American - Less Than One Star
NewsBreak is like the other main stream media outlets. NewsBreak says they deliver stories from a diverse set publishers, but many of their political, medical, and COVID related stories lean very obviously to one side. This is also true when a story is about certain people and/or some sports topics. I’m tired of reading stories where the author gives no evidence for his or her perspective, but then says the other side is essentially dead wrong. NewsBreak would probably tell me that these are opinion articles. Opinion articles or not, these stories still need evidence to support them. Also, the news should be unbiased by giving just the facts. Given that these facts are correct, the viewers would then be able to make their own interpretation. Today, NewsBreak and many other main stream media outlets have resorted to discreetly and skillfully leading the reader or viewer in a single direction toward their predetermined interpretations. This is not news.
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