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Sarahah: One more excuse for not being honest?

Who has never used or ever wanted to use an application that sends anonymous messages? Every year one app or another launched with this goal and becomes worldwide phenomenon, even instantly. From Formspring 1 in 2009 to the latest, Sarahah, the question that always comes to mind about the proposal of these apps is: Why do people need to rely on these tools to be honest?

In the last few weeks we have published an article here on the site about internet trolls, free audio and how difficult – or almost impossible – to think of a free web of them. In the field of anonymous messaging applications we had a beautiful example of how using these tools can contribute to cyberbullying, which was Secret. Sarahah's case is a bit different, but worth the reflection anyway.

Unlike Formspring, ASKfm, Kiwi and Curious Cat – what a fever in the United States – Sarahah was created for business use in the Middle East, and in Arabic its name means "honesty." What makes the app different from those mentioned is that the 100% confidential message exchange, ie, it is up to the user to disclose or not the content received anonymously on their social networks.

Here in Brazil, the app has become a phenomenon on Google Play but with another purpose, which was to send messages to crush, friends and, of course, to give that basic poke to people who don't have much affinity. Its founder, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, recently said that many people would like to receive positive messages anonymously and also to know what others think about them.

It turns out that the words "honesty" and "anonymity" do not go together in the social-virtual environment. What else exists on the internet are profiles with fake and anonymous identities, so I think we shouldn't wait for a new app to start expressing our thoughts and opinions. Sarahah should not be taken as an excuse to be more or less honest with others.

Sarahah should not be taken as an excuse to be more or less honest with others

I believe the success of these anonymous messaging applications supports one theory: People want to know what others think about them. This is because there is little truth circulating through social networks, messaging applications and any other environment where anonymity can be used as a façade.

Few users are willing to expose their truths, and proof of this is the excess of tools that try to camouflage our essence, such as the famous filters that remove supposed imperfections from the face. So, dear reader, if you want to tell the truth to someone on or off the internet, my advice to you: go ahead! Do not expect an application to create the conditions or environment necessary for you to express yourself honestly.

Did you use Sarahah? What did you think of the app?

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