The year 2017’s popular anonymous messaging app called Sarahah is no longer available to download for both Android and iOS users. It comes following accusations of cyber-bullying in one of Change.org petitions started by a woman named Katrina Collins. If you recall, the app allowed people to make anonymous confessions about fellow users on their profile.
Collins started the petition on Change.org after her 13-year-old daughter received several provocative messages to kill herself. In a very short time span, the petition managed to get around 4.7 lakh signatures from around the world.
In the petition, Katrina wrote: “I have been scared, broken and sick to my stomach ever since I read messages about my 13-year-old daughter including, “I hope SHE KILLS HERSELF. Seriously nobody will care”. No one, especially our youth, should have to read messages like this about them.”
When the Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq introduced Sarahah app to the world, he said it was meant for users to provide honest feedback about their friends and colleagues. To post a feedback one someone’s profile, only the user’s profile URL was needed. Users could, of course, decide whether they wanted to respond or simply ignore the feedback.
Commenting on this takedown, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq said the decision of the removal of the app is unfortunate. However, he is very optimistic about reaching a favourable understanding between Apple and Google soon.
Additionally, he also mentioned the app contained a filtering mechanism which didn’t let offensive messages reach users. But, Katrina has refuted the claim of a filtering mechanism.
Previously, Techook had also explained how Sarahah from being a force of social change is turning into feeding narcissism and cyber-bullying.