An App That’s Too Honest?
There’s a new app out there that’s paving the way for bullying.
A couple days ago, I was on Facebook just scrolling down and passing the time. A friend of mine posted a picture of a speech bubble and inside that was essentially the digital version of hatemail.
With her being an artist the message essentially summed up to saying that she was a hack with no talent or future.
At the time, I dind’t understand what the message was but knowning that she had a web comic I assumed it was from some hater who read her content.
Turns out, it was someone she knew.
Yes, there’s a new app out there that was released a little less than a year ago but has now reached peak popularity. The app is called Sarahah, which means honesty in Arabic.
The creator of the app is from Saudi Arabia and is named Zain al-AbidinTawfiq. Al-AbidinTawfiq says that at its creation the intention of the program was to make it so that employees could complain about work issues and give positive feedback to their boss without having to give their identity.
The way this is done is that you have to sign up for an account with the app or the website. From there you then have to share the link to your account page where people can comment. Only you can see whatever messages anonymous people leave for you, but you can also share them on social media.
The problem is that, as you would expect, this has led the way to bullying and people leaving nasty comments for others to read. (People leaving vicious comments for others on the internet? Never!)
You can find a few comments people have shared on social media down below.
Ask me on a non-anonymous site and I'd be willing to talk about this. But I don't have the time/mental energy to address my identity to an anonymous audience. I will say this, though- it's super easy to ask peoples' pronouns, and those who know me/care enough will, even if it's a day they don't need to. (As I often make it very clear on social media when feminine pronouns aren't appropriate.) Again, if you wan more than that? Send me a private, non-anon message. — #sarahah #sarahahapp #anonymous #anonymousmessages #genderfluid #genderfluidpride #myidentityisnotachoice #seekunderstanding #comeoffanon
Hmm well I have no clue if this is meant to be nice or mean but I have been called this by my one friend quite often so yea … haha so either way I'm taking this with a smile on my face and loving it because I'd rather be this then lame and horrible… thank you person either way #sarahah #sarahahapp #notsure #butiloveit #positive #thankyou #muchlove #loveyouall
Well I'm sorry that everyone is sick of my kissy face and filter and sorry it's all the same it's how I feel pretty and that has to go with my low self of steam so now that I know everyone hates it I'll let everyone know that I don't feel pretty and I don't see myself as gorgeous as everyone else and that's the way I do so it stays the same … oh well so is life I suppose but not everyone has to stair just scroll past like you would an add and I'll try not to post so many #sarahah #sarahahapp #answers #ithappens #somepoepledontfeelgorgeous #insecurities #insecure #canthelpiamhowiam #itry #bleh
Looool. Let's just say I fall in love with souls and not sex organs. Well, sex organs have a part to play but a beautiful soul has a bigger part to play I love you too anonymous person. I'm just wondering if Sarahah will reveal to us these anonymous persons. #Sarahah #messages #straight #bi #lesbian #sexuality #idontcare #ifallinlovewithsouls
Understandably, many people are worried for the increase of cyber bullying that will take place because of this app. Plus, the fact that you voluntarily sign up for these messages doesn’t stop the fact that getting digital hate mail from people you know can be extremely hurtful.
Conversely, people are also using the app to seek attention and get a lot of thirst trap praise. Which is another problem all on its own.
As such, if you do decide to register for Sarahah, know what you’re potentially getting yourself into. You are opening yourself for potential attack, but you could also get an ego boost too. (Oh, and that postivie feedback thing that was originally intended for the app. That too).
Be careful out there.