Winno - Just the Facts
By Amanda Bindel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Current events curated by humans; cultivates comparison.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Brief headline-style summaries link directly to articles from various sources, FAQs provide background knowledge of topics, multiple sources allows for comparison. But there's no vocabulary help or opportunities for reflection or discussion.
Ease of Play
Interface is very user-friendly.
Violence & Scariness
Terms of service recommend ages 18 and older due to possible violent current event content, including suicides, war, and gun violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Terms of service recommend ages 18 and older due to possible violent current event content, including currently trending topics on an accused pedophile and abortion.
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Articles linked are from a variety of sources and could include objectionable language.
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Products & Purchases
Articles link to outside sources, some of which include ads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Articles linked are from a variety of sources and could include references to substance use.
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What’s It About?
WINNO - JUST THE FACTS is a human-powered news curation app cataloged by hashtags, sourced from a variety of news services. Choose the hashtagged news topics to follow and receive updates when new links are added. Browse the news feed to see brief summaries of the articles with links to the full article on the original site. There's a search tool to drill down to specific key words, and each feed includes an FAQ of background information and terminology for each topic. At the time of review, the app has only about 20 topics available.
Is It Any Good?
Get the news on topics of interest without the distractions of click-bait, or algorithm-generated links with this current-events collection generated by humans. Content is discovered, fact-checked, and shared from 9 am to 9 pm from sources including Fox News, NPR, CNN, Politico, and more. Each article is summarized and linked in the feed. The most helpful feature, especially for families trying to understand the news together, is the FAQ for each topic explaining the background and common questions surrounding the topic. At the time of review, the content is limited, but it may serve as a convenient resource to compare topic-related content from a variety of sources.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can read the Winno - Just the Facts together and discuss the issues, trying to understand all sides and perspectives of the issues by looking at a variety of objective sources. How can you tell if a site is trustworthy? What is bias?
Discuss with kids the differences between bots or algorithms generating and curating news and humans. What are the pros and cons of each method?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: text analysis, using supporting evidence, vocabulary, Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, global awareness, government
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, collecting data, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 11, 2019
- Category: News
- Publisher: Winno Inc.
- Version: 0.9.7
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
- Last updated: September 16, 2019
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