Know All About Sarahah – The App That Can Build or Sabotage Your Morale!


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Are you open to get brutal comments from people? Will you be okay if someone revealed intimate information about you publically where any Tom-Dick and Harry can read what’s written there? If not, then Sarahah is not the thing for you.

So, What is Sarahah?

Sarahah is a mobile app that was launched in June. It is an app where you can send-receive honest feedback from friends. You can pose a question to your friends but you will never get to know who answered the question. At the same time, you being the recipient cannot respond the feedback you receive as the app yet does not have a feature where it facilitates for the recipient to respond to the feedback. It is more like a replica of Ask.FM but whereas Ask.FM was basically used for asking questions, this app is used to garner feedback.

What was the motive of its creators?

The app was initially a website in Arab, which was a great way for employees to let their employers know what they think about the organization or the processes in the company or about a particular individual. Later Zain Al-Abidin Tawfiq decided to develop the concept into an app so that people could garner the same sort of feedback from friends and acquaintances.

Where did it originate?

The word Sarahah originates from Arab and the meaning of the world is honestly.  It is an app where anyone can send an anonymous message in order to anyone to send or receive feedback. The crack in the game is the fact that you will never know who posted that question or feedback. And that you are open to receive the worst criticism possible (which can be read by others too) and you will never get to know who sent that negative feedback.

How does it work?

As soon as you download the app, you need to create an account. Once your account is ready, you receive a link through the app that you can share on your account to receive feedback from people. Whoever can see your link is able to send you a feedback. It is not indispensable for them to have an account on the app, when they click on the link, they get directed to a page and they can write whatever it is that they decide to write and hit send so that their feedback reaches you.

Although you cannot reply to the feedback you receive, however, the maker of the app, Zain Al-Abidin Tawfiq, is looking for the ways, so that he can add the feature that will enable the recipient to respond to the feedback that he receives.

Why has it turned into a controversy?

Although the app was launched to gain feedback or constructive criticism, some people started using this app as the vehicle to drive their frustration out.

The fact that a person’s identity is not revealed on this app, people started using it to vent, to abuse, to mock and to smirch. People have even gone to the extent of giving death threats on this app. Such comments can cause a lot of anxiety, worry, sensation, and apprehension and that’s exactly what happened in the case of Sarahah.

It became an arm for cyber bullying. Although it is not a concept that was initiated by this app, however, it became a weapon to shoot innocent teenagers, who were just looking to receive feedback that could help them improve.

The factors that it garners negative feedback, depressing criticism and pushes lewd and obscene conversations, is the reason why many are against the whole concept of this idea. Whereas it can be a portal for many to discuss topics that are taboo but must be discussed, it is rather being used to ridicule innocent people who just want to know general opinion about them through this app.

Bhavika Batra

Student of life and perpetually lost in words. Writes about life experiences, food, travel, fashion, technology and more!

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