What Is Sarahah? App Spamming Facebook Feeds With Anonymous Quotes

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

While the app is new to India, Sarahah was quite popular, so much so, that it on top of Apple App Store in over 30 countries in July. Once the link is shared, people will be able to send you anonymous messages.

The inventors claim that the concept of creating Sarahah is to help people discover, "strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from employees and friends in a private manner".

Simply go to either Play Store or App store, download the app or go to the website, and create an account, and once you're in you can send anyone a message.

Can Sarahah visitors view the messages?

The app is available to download on both Android and iOS platforms. Snapchat users embed their Sarahah link into one of the snaps in their Snap Story, then let the anonymous commenting begin.

Of course, Sarahah isn't the first anonymous messaging app that has made parents and school administrators concerned, and it won't be the last. If you are not sharing those text messages on social media, letting others know what they already think about you, there's no use of the app as such. However, that person has to be a Sarahah user as well.

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While it seems like an app for some anonymous fun with friends, but there are also chances of many misusing it.

Sarahah has been kept simple with just three sections. There is no reply mechanism, or indication of who a message is from. While the app talks about giving 'constructive feedback, ' remember even anonymous messages can hurt.

"Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback", read Sarahah's description on Google Play Store. You can report a message, block user but what happens to those who send abusive messages is unclear. The app can actually turn out to be a source of cyber bullying. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in "Messages" tab. Another setting ensures that non-registered users can't message you on the app. It is known that trolls and bullies often hide behind anonymous identities online, and Sarahah hands this option to them on a platter. The big problem is there's no way of knowing who's sent you a message. However, the recipient can choose which messages to share on social media.

What if the next feature Sarahah developer is planning will allow users to reveal the identity of the sender. There is no option to share pictures or videos which makes it lighter on the resources. And boy, I badly want to fetch them a pail of water to pour on the burns!

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

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