Sarahah: All you need to know about the disruptive anonymous messaging app

Courtesy Sarahah

Courtesy Sarahah

Sarahah, created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq, literally means honesty in Arabic. The Sarahah app is been created to allow users send and receive anonymous feedback from others.

"This app will help enhance your areas of strength, strengthen areas for Improvement at your workplace and with friends, it will help improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement and let your friends be honest with you". Two months ago, the creator released the app version in English, and it quickly became hugely popular (it already has 15 million users). Anyone can visit the profile using that link and leave anonymous messages. The anonymity factor can encourage people to slander, bully or send threatening messages to someone they don't like. It is also available on App Store and desktop.

You can either allow anyone to post a missive or restrict that to registered users. This messaging app doesn't require your mobile number. So far, the app has been downloaded in 25 countries across the globe. Now, Sarahah app seems to be the new rage.

Once you download and install the app, you will have to register with your email address, and you should be good to go. The app logs comments you have received, sent and favourited. For those who are logged in, there is an option to tag themselves when they leave a message, but the default setting is set to anonymous.

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In the reviews, parents are warning their children to avoid using the app.

The Google Play Store description reads "Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback".

Here are answers to 5 questions that you might be having about the Sarahah application. Next up, there's an "Explore" tab which isn't live yet.

However, the fun here is short lived as you can not reply to a text message sent anonymously.

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Finally, let us point out some of the important terms and conditions, which most of us tend to ignore and accept before registering. Unfortunately, you won't be able to reply so you will be at the mercy of the person of the sender. As the app has no reply option, one can share the anonymous message with a remark on their Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts.

Sarahah is flawless territory for cyber bullying and in fact the app is popular with teens, who have been sharing their profile links on Snapchat. There's now no option to reply to comments, but the developers behind Sarahah are considering making this an option.

What if the next feature Sarahah developer is planning will allow users to reveal the identity of the sender.

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