The Internet is filled with different social media platforms which allow you to connect to your close friends, colleagues and even strangers. The top platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are used worldwide by a large number of people. When it almost seemed like these platforms are totally out of ideas, there comes an app which lets its users share their opinions about others directly to them without even being known. This could be done with an app called Sarahah, which means “Honesty” in the Saudi Arabian language.
How does Sarahah work?
Sarahah was launched on the Google Play Store and the App Store in June 2017, until then it was only a website. After registering on Sararah, users can share their profile link of Sarahah on other social media sites such as Snapchat or Instagram. The friends and colleagues of the user can then access the link, and send any message they want to (unless the user only allows registered users to send messages from the settings) totally anonymously.
The User would be able to see messages he/she receives through the shared links, but won’t see any details of the sender. In this way, one could share their opinions about others directly without having to face the consequences of being known.
This app has spread like a wild forest fire, and currently has over 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store and is trending on the iOS App Store as well. However, after such a massive popularity and increasing number of downloads, the app is facing a few issues here and there. Several users are complaining about server errors and overload which could end up having a negative impact on growth unless the problems are fixed.
How can Sarahah be misused?
Sarahah keeps the identity of message senders hidden, this could allow people to misuse it and threaten or harass other people. Though there is an option to report any inappropriate message, that alone isn’t enough to convince its users to feel safe. The cases of Cyber-Bullying are increasing with each day, and such a platform would only intensify this harmful act.
While the developer of Sarahah, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq has made the platform for users to share their opinions and offer constructive messages about others. One can not really know whether it would be used exactly the way it was intended to be.
The prime examples are Facebook and Instagram, which were made to be a platform for sharing of pictures and stories of friends, relatives, and known people, but soon also became highly profitable advertising platforms for various companies, media channels, and start-ups. The concept of Sarahah is very interesting, but there’s a lot to be done in order to make people safely use this platform to know more about themselves, and convey their opinions on others anonymously.