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Ratings and Reviews
Not really sure what happened
Not really sure what happened (as described below), but I haven’t hardly used the app since the update. It seems kind of ok, but I’ve started to get my news from other sources, and when I open USA Today, there is nothing I haven’t already read! Am taking it off the system for that reason, and for the lack of support.
I had been reading USA Today for years. A while back I noticed the news was not changed, in USA Today. I figured it was me. It has not updated in quite a while. When I started looking into the issue, I saw the Apple store didn’t think I had the app! I went into USA Today, and found an address to request support from. Support NEVER responded. Since there is no support for this once fine product, I got a new copy of it. New version seems to work. SUPPORT might get a lesson from that. I gave the stars I did as an average of how great the product was, and the fact that I was never asked to upgrade the app. And SUPPORT seems non-existent for the app. Will keep the new version long enough, at least, to see if it works, and works well. I have never had an experience like this. And I will bet Support never did either, since there is NO SUPPORT for this product.
Pretty, but no longer useful
I've had this app for many years. While it's gotten prettier to look at, it's gotten less useful as time goes on. Absolutely every time I use it, the app shuts down on me no less than three times before I've scrolled all the way through the Top Stories. Also, there are now paid advertisements that look like stories, right within the midst of the real news. If you're not careful, you're actually reading advertisements from sources like The Motley Fool and others. This is deceptive, and rather cheap of USA Today to fund their app this way. Other news apps do not take this approach. On the whole, USA Today app doesn't always have the latest news. I'll read a story from another news source on Twitter that was posted several hours ago, and I'll head to the USA Today app for more information, only to see they haven't even written about it yet. It's usually there by the end of the day, but it's half a day behind other news outlets. On the whole, USA Today is a pretty app that doesn't always work, has paid advertising peppered throughout their real stories and is usually behind other apps in posting the latest news.
Good app, irresponsible journalism
I've used the USA Today app as my primary, and often only news app on my phone since about 2012. Overall it's a good news app, the front page has good variety and I think you can customize that, although I never have.
However, in the last few years, their coverage of mass shooters has been completely wreckless and irresponsible. They focus so much on the shooter, quasi-glorifying/justifying their actions usually based on one or more clichés seemingly picked from a hat: bullied in high school, played violent video games, had depression, parents were divorced, all things that millions of people across the country deal with and don't kill people in the process.
I have unfortunately now replaced the USA Today app on my phone because of this type of coverage. I say unfortunately because when they aren't reporting on the next mass shooting, it's a good app. But the above reasons have finally turned me off too far. I hope enough people raise this concern to them so they will stop bringing so much attention to the shooter instead of the victims. We already know that glorifying these people in the media only encourages more copy cats.
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