The Arabic app sells itself as a way of getting ‘constructive criticism’ and ‘facing the candour’
There’s a new app beating out YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat at the top of the App Store. It is called Sarahah and app is for sending and receiving feedback from friends and co-workers.
The app which is built by Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq and the app is named after their Arabic word for frankness or candour, launched in early February. At the end of the month, BBC reported that the app already had 2.5 million users in Egypt, 1.7 million users in Tunisia, and 1.2 million users in Saudi Arabia.
Sarahah arrived in Apple’s App Store in June and, in the very few days, has skyrocketed to No. 1 among the top free apps pf App Store’s.
This iPhone app store’s most popular app is being used to bully people, according to its users.
As may be Sarahah is unknown to many people. But it has quickly become popular in a short time among some iPhone users. It has become the top well-performing app in the US app store since it was released last year.
According to some users and reviewers, the app is not good as it has a dark side. It is being used to anonymously bully vulnerable people and has been described on the app store as a “breeding ground for hate”.
Sarahah app works by letting people receive anonymous messages from people. To do this, each user is given a username – that username can then be given out, and when anyone sends a message to a person these messages go to the destination without identifying themselves (sender).
The people receiving the messages can only read the text and favorite them, not reply to them. And there is no way of ever finding out who they were sent by.
The app is perfect for attacking and abusing people with impunity, according to the people who used it.
The Sarahah app is available on the App Store in English and Arabic languages.
“Parents, don’t allow your kids to get this app,” wrote by a reviewer. “This is an app breeding suicides.”
“My son signed up for an account and within 24 hours someone posted a horrible racist comment on his page including saying that he should be lynched,”.
“I like getting nice messages from my friends and squad,”
Other users have posted their comments online with less aggressive messages.
The app’s description in App Store says:”Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner”.
Sarahah’s developer, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, told Al Jazeera that he had created an app to be used in business, as a way of letting people give honest feedback to their bosses.
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