Sarahah: Why everyone is talking about the 'honesty first' secret messaging app

Screengrab via Sarahah  Google Play
Screengrab via Sarahah Google Play
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11 August, 2017

Sarahah is the Arabic word for honesty and the app focuses exactly on just that.

Interestingly, Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app that enables you to send messages without logging in.

"This app will help enhance your areas of strength, strengthen areas for Improvement at your workplace and with friends, it will help improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement and let your friends be honest with you".

Sarahah doesn't steal data but websites and apps impersonating Sarahah could do that.

Can Sarahah visitors view the messages?

The social network is patterned to let users send and receive honest feedback and learn what people think about you.

You might have noticed a gradual ascend of one of the apps called "Sarahah" making it to the top of your social networking platforms in the recent weeks. When you receive a message you can favourite it or block the user. This messaging app doesn't require your mobile number. Sarahah is not the first hit app to emerge from the Middle East. Careem, a ride-hailing app similar to Uber, completed a $500m funding round last month, valuing it at about $1bn. But of course, the risk is that people will quickly start sending hateful texts to their friends, acquaintances and that's already happening with Sarahah. In any case, the developer of the app decides to share the user's identity, it will bring a chaos among its users, especially those who have been using the platform to bully or demean others. Just like its name suggests, Sarahah is created to get "honest feedback from your friends and co-workers".

Anyone can leave you a feedback - if you let them. Of the 22,000 reviews in the Google Play store, 8,000 are five-star ratings, and 8,000 are one-star ratings, with a lot of people complaining about glitches.

You can't respond to messages now. These options can be found under settings. The "Favorite" tab shows messages where you have tapped the heart symbol. The "Explore" tab in particular is yet to be made live. Also, a recipient won't be able to see any information about the sender unless the sender specifies it in the message. As the app has no reply option, one can share the anonymous message with a remark on their Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts.

And this has been the USP of the Sarahah app. Several reviews on Apple's App Store cite a lot of the bad comments as a reason for giving Sarahah a weak rating.

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.


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