Currently, an app comes around that sparks with a large amounts of controversy. Sarahah is one of those sparkling apps. And it’s got parents in the UK and US on their toes just in a month after it made its way to their teenager’s smartphones.
But what is actually so confusing about Sarahah? Ok, let us try to explain.
What’s Sarahah & It’s Principle?
Sarahah is an anonymous messaging service app. When a user registers, they can usually give the link to their friends or post it for publicity through online. At the same time, anyone can send them anonymous messages with that link. And the most surprising thing is that, there is no way of identifying who posted the message or responding to it in any way by the recipient.
Its principle is that to get “honest feedback from your coworkers and friends”. The app lets your friends be honest with you. Of course, people are always nice and always tell the truth when don’t feel any pressure.
Research has actually found that on average, we think, we are always doing right. The royal people think so because people in general feel fare to react. So, general peoples thought is always neglected. For example, one study is found where Uber drivers more commonly cancelled the fares of people with African American names.
Creator And Creating Reasons Of Sarahah
The app named Sarahah was basically created by a Saudi Arabian developer, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq. It had a very simple purpose — it allowed employees to post anonymous feedback to their employers. It gave a voice to those who had something to say, but never spoke up for fears that they could be fired.
At the meantime, Mr. Tawfiq thought that this concept could apply on a personal level too, with friends or acquaintances anonymously by giving feedback to each other. That part of the website is what actually made it popular in the Middle East and Africa. However, a little more was needed for it to take off in the West.
On June 13 of this year 2017, Tawfiq released an app version of Sarahah on both the iOS App Store and Google Play store. And within short time, it spread like wildfire and entering the Top Three Free apps on the both platforms. This rush in popularity was also supported by the app’s Snapchat integration, which made it far easier for the teens to use.
Really, the issue with Sarahah is not a new concept, it is as old as the internet itself. When people are allowed anonymity and confirm there will be no repercussions for their actions, they can say whatever they want, what is right or what is wrong!
In that case, many parents and their children have reported that the app has become the newest platform for cyberbullying. The unpleasant comments teens have been getting vary in number and severity. With some telling by NY Mag that they haven’t received any negative messages at all. Others few people report, they have received death threats.
One user saying in a Google Play review, “My 13-year-old sister uses this and she got a death threat aimed at our 2-year-old brother.” That’s not okay.
Actually, Cyberbullying isn’t a new phenomenon. And it definitely didn’t start with Sarahah. But the anonymous nature of the app does lend itself to toxic comments — if you’re thinking of using it, I’d proceed with caution.
Sarahah is just an app but it is one in a long line of people-rating apps. Like other apps, it also can be used to support people or it can be used by mobs and trolls to attack them. Anonymity doesn’t dilute the potential for venom. Neither does the use of real names.
If you get some warm out of it, that’s great. But, if it gets toxic, just delete it. Wipe it out from your phone and of your life.