There is a new viral hit on the web and it is called Sarahah. Haha what? Yes, that is the exact question millions of web users have as they see the Sarahah app popping up on their Facebook feeds. It is all over the place. You may have probably heard about the app already if you are on Facebook or Snapchat. You may have seen hundreds and thousands of posts shared by your friends via Sarahah. Wondering what is it all about? Let’s get all your questions answered here.
Some may already know about this trending stuff that’s flooding the social media platform, especially Facebook. While some may have absolutely no idea about what is this app all about. Well, this is an application which can be downloaded by both Android and iOS users. It is available on Google Play Store as well as on App Store. The app hit the Play Store only in February, and within just a few months the app has spread like wild fire and has managed to get over 50 lakh downloads already.
What is Sarahah app?
Sarahah is an Arabic term which means honesty. This is an anonymous messaging app that lets people send messages to any random person if that person has the app installed. To find that person either you will have the link to that person’s Sarahah profile or you can search for the profile through the user ID or email address. Although, given the anonymous nature of the app, the search functionality is not as good as what you get in Facebook or Twitter.
Sarahah, back in February was introduced as a website by a Saudi Arabian developer — Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq. However, the developer it seems later thought that the app can go viral with as an app. That when Tawfiq on June 13 released an app version of Sarahah on both the iOS App Store and Google Play. And as expected, it went absolutely wildfire.
The reason why the app has gone viral is because the receiver of the message doesn’t even get to know the sender’s identity. Basically, the message is sent anonymously. For instance, this is probably a great application to confess anything to someone which probably you can never say them in person.
Is Sarahah app propagating cyber bullying?
However, if not used diligently, this app also has potential to be very risky. Some reports claim that a bunch of people have been misusing the application and using the app as a means of cyber bullying.
Considering the fact that people have the freedom to send anonymous messages to anyone, there are reports that some people are misusing the app and are using as a tool for rampant cyber-bullying. Though some users are taking this as a game and fooling around with friends, there are a bunch of evils eyes who are targeting the Sarahah app as a cyber bullying platform. They are sending threatening messages to people and literally bullying them.
Source: India Today