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Users commonly see messages on Sarahah that include both compliments and insults.

Users commonly see messages on Sarahah that include both compliments and insults.

Source: techfactslive.com

Users commonly see messages on Sarahah that include both compliments and insults.

Source: techfactslive.com

Source: techfactslive.com

Users commonly see messages on Sarahah that include both compliments and insults.

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Sarahah is an app that allows users to express their feelings about others anonymously, but it has sparked controversy.

Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq created the app for employees to critique their employers without compromising their jobs or work relationships.

Sarahah is Arabic for “honestly” when roughly translated.

It began in Saudi Arabia and its popularity has spread throughout the world. Young people are now using it to see what others think about them. Some students have said they find the app’s anonymous nature to be annoying.

Freshman Stephanie Vigil got the app over the summer and says she downloaded it because a lot of her friends have it, and she kind of just followed along with the trend.

“It’s a cool idea, but sometimes it’s annoying that you don’t know who said what,” Vigil said.

Over the summer, some students posted the link to their Sarahah on their SnapChat story to encourage friends to use it.

Users often will screenshot comments and reply on their stories with hopes of discovering posters’ identities.

Some students confess their feelings, but stay anonymous even after seeing it on a SnapChat story.

Others post rude or disturbing comments expressing their dislike for others. Vigil said she receives both compliments and criticism on her account, and a few people have owned up to their posts.

The app creators have been considering revealing the identity of the user, but not everyone is loving the idea.

“I feel like if (the creators) do, then not as many people will comment or will delete the app altogether,” Vigil said.

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