A warning to parents about the new anonymous app skyrocketing in popularity

Sarahah

The app was created by a developer from Saudi Arabia called ZainAlabdin Tawfiq. An anonymous messaging app, Sarahah has gone viral at a time where we already have a gazillion apps like Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Instagram, Snapchat and Telegram.

Sarahah helps you in discovering your strength and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner. If it's any consolation, the app's FAQs page assures users that "Sarahah won't disclose the identity of the logged-in senders to users except with their consent" and "Sarahah doesn't steal data but websites and apps impersonating Sarahah could do that".

Sarahah's usefulness is based on the premise that people are more honest with their comments when they don't have to reveal their identify to share a message.

The social network is patterned to let users send and receive honest feedback and learn what people think about you.

It was designed as a self-development app, but with the increasing numbers of cases of cyber-stalking and trolling it remains to be seen if this app, which has been making waves in the last few days in India, is the best thing for iOS and Android users. As the trouble of being identified is not there, the user becomes confident in sharing the message. This messaging app doesn't require your mobile number. Users can be searched using user ID or registered email addresses, but the search function of Sarahah app is not as accurate as other social media platforms due to its anonymity aspect.

Like any other app, after you've downloaded Sarahah, you'll have to set up an account.


Why is Sarahah app trending on Google today?

Users will need to down and register, and once you give your friends the link to your account or post it publicly online, then anyone can send you an anonymous message. neither will you know who sent the message nor will you be able to reply to that message. Of the 22,000 reviews in the Google Play store, 8,000 are five-star ratings, and 8,000 are one-star ratings, with a lot of people complaining about glitches. However, if not used properly, this app can definitely prove risky.

However, the fun here is short lived as you can not reply to a text message sent anonymously. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in "Messages" tab. These options can be found under settings. Sent shows all the "constructive" criticism you have been sending on the app. However, the recipient can choose which messages to share on social media. There is no option to share pictures or videos which makes it lighter on the resources.

Can I respond to messages?

Sarahah has the right to use the information input by users with agreement to the privacy policy.

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