Sarahah: All you want to know about internet's new love

Angelica Greene
August 11, 2017

Sarahah, created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq, literally means honesty in Arabic. It allowed users to send messages to their friends or friends of friends, while keeping their own identity anonymous.

According to the app's website, "Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner". The app which was designed for the objective of constructive feedback became insanely popular in short span of time and topped Apple' App Store in nearly 30 countries.

Once you sign up, you can share the link to your Sarahah app profile with your friends via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or such.

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.

You don't really follow users on Sarahah. The app also enables users to block senders to prevent them from replying including the ability to report abuse.

But if you remember the setup, Sarahah takes your email address, which is concealed in the app.

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And now, it's here in India and people just can not seem to get enough. There is no reply mechanism, or indication of who a message is from. A new app taking the teen world by storm asks you to "Let your friends be honest with you".

Then he chose to release it for personal use, so that friends and non-friends alike could tell each other what they truly thought of one another, anonymously. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in "Messages" tab. Next up, there's an "Explore" tab which isn't live yet. For instance, although it has (at the time of writing) 10,305 5-star reviews on Google Play, it's also got 9,652 1-star reviews, showing a near 50-50 split in opinion.

Finally, let us point out some of the important terms and conditions, which most of us tend to ignore and accept before registering. But it is the only piece of evidence that can link a message back to its sender. These options can be found under settings. The big problem is there's no way of knowing who's sent you a message.

While I'm not concerned about technical difficulties, I am concerned about the vulgarity and inappropriate comments anonymous apps always seem to breed.

If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, but users can choose to tag their identity. Several reviews on Apple's App Store cite a lot of the bad comments as a reason for giving Sarahah a weak rating.

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

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