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Sarahah: A secret, honesty app for the anonymous

Many times we keep our feelings to ourself and dont express them on face or to anyone. Most of the times we don't have courage to speak on face. Some take help of a diary and note down everything in it. We keep it so much personal that we dont even share it anyone. But what if you get a chance to express all those feelings anonymously. Thanks to an app, Sarahah, which allows user to send each other anonymous messages.

The app actually launched a few months ago, and it's been growing in regions like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report, but now it's suddenly becoming a big hit in India. The creators described it by saying: Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.

What is Sarahah app?
“Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback,” reads the apps description on Google Play Store. Interestingly, Sarahah means ‘honesty’ in Arabic, though this honesty is delivered anonymously. The app is available in English as well as Arabic for iOS and Android users.

Sarahah app - how it works
You have to create a Sarahah profile, which anyone can visit. Even without logging in, people can visit your profile and leave messages, anonymously. If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, but users can choose to tag their identity.

Once logged in, you can share your Sarahah link (it usually reads on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or copy the link and post it to a different social network. Anyone who has the link will be able to send you messages. This could be friends, even strangers who are on the app or those who are not even on the app.

On the receivers app, all the incoming messages show up in an inbox, and you can flag messages, delete them, reply, or favourite them to find them easily later.

For sending a message, a user has to click on the link, which will open a text box with a message, “Leave a constructive message.” People can type in their message and hit send. When a user receives the message, they just get the text and don’t know who sent this particular message.

What about Privacy?
Sarahah is perfect territory for cyber bullying.  The problem is that avoiding some of the hate on the app is not easy. You can report a message, block user but what happens to those who send abusive messages is unclear.

Further you can go in the settings and disable the option to ‘Appear in search’. Another setting ensures that non-registered users can’t message you on the app. The big problem is there’s no way of knowing who’s sent you a message.

The app shows four icons below each message – a red flag to report message, block icon, reply, and a heart icon to mark message as favourite.

Sarahah offers limited setting options as of now. While there’s an option to Logout of the app, but no option to delete account on the app itself. To delete the account, you have to log into the website version of the messaging service and go to settings to remove accounts.

Where Sarahah’s privacy policy goes, the company says they won’t disclose the identity of the logged-in senders to users, except with their consent. So yes, if someone starts sending hateful messages or threats on the app, there’s no way of knowing their identity.

Should you use Sarahah?
Frankly speaking, if you are an emotional person, please stay away from this app. If you can't handle negativity about yourself, stay away. If you can handle eveything in fun way than go ahead and use it. But remember, the internet still remains a place which brings out the worst in people and with anonymous messaging there are grave risks attached. So please think twice before you get addicted to this app.

Download and Install Sarahah Android App

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