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New anonymous app for positive messages backfires

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This app was developed overseas in the middle east and anyone can visit your profile without logging on and able to leave messages anonymously and you can link it with your Snapchat account or Instagram. Sarahah launched in June of this year and it's one of the top 100 apps in apples app store. But most people here in the united states haven't heard about it. The app is named after the Arabic word for "honesty" or “frankness”.

Friends are supposed to use it to send positive feedback from friends and co-workers anonymously and discover your strengths and weaknesses. But instead of getting positive messages back from strangers it's becoming a breeding ground for hate.  On the list of reviews one person wrote that the app is quickly becoming the go-to app for bullies. Saying that "the app is being used by bullies to anonymously target their victims."

Lake city principle Deanne Clifford said they're asking students not to use their cell phones during school hours so they aren't distracted by social media  “it sort of sends the message to kids I really don't want to take my phone out and be activating social media and adding to the drama that is going on here."

Lake City High School is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the anonymous messengers. The app like many does have parental controls that you can turn on and you can also report these anonymous messages.

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