The current number 1 mobile application on Apple App Store is not Facebook, but a new social media networking app called Sarahah.
Sarahah (which means ‘honesty’ in Arabic) is a free social media app created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq that lets you receive comments from friends and strangers anonymously. According to its description, the app “helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner.”
It is kinda similar to other social networking apps like Ask.fm, Curious Cat, and Formspring. Users can also share a screenshot of the message or question on another service like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, then leave an answer.
To create an account, all you need to do is register with a username and password, then you can share your profile link on any social platforms and ask that people use the link to give you feedback. People can now send you anything anonymously and it will be delivered to you through the app.
If you’re worried for you privacy, a Common Sense Media contributor said that: “Users can choose not to have their name or profile picture appear in the app’s search or receive messages from unregistered users, but they must opt out to make this happen. If they don’t, the name and photo they use to register will appear if other users search for them.”
But since all comments and feedback are anonymous, people can easily send ‘mean and hurtful things.’
“Sarahah is easy to use, so kids won’t have any trouble figuring out how to operate the app. But because all comments are anonymous, it’s very easy for people to say mean and hurtful things without any repercussions. Reviews on the App Store indicate that Sarahah is being used as a cyberbullying tool. For these reasons, Sarahah is not appropriate for kids,” it added.
The app was already criticized for its possible help in cyber bullying incidents and just recently, as reported by The Intercept, Zachary Julian, a senior security analyst found out that Sarahah is collecting the private information of users. Uh-oh.
“As soon as you log into the application, it transmits all of your email and phone contacts stored on the Android operating system,” Julian said.
If you’re already planning to try this app, just keep in mind that the anonymity of the app might have a negative side. Always proceed with caution. 😉