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Counselors worry new Sarahah app could become platform for cyber bullying

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A popular new app allows users to send messages saying anything they want while staying completely anonymous.

That app is called Sarahah, created by a Saudi developer and meant to be used in the workplace. The idea is for employees to anonymously share messages to help coworkers realize their strengths and weaknesses.

So we asked working adults what their opinions of this online tool.

“To be honest? I think it would be a good thing,” Julie Turner said.

“Then I know I needed something to work on," Brian Wilson added. "So I wouldn't mind it at all."

However, both Turner and Wilson think the app could lead to trouble if you don't have thick skin.

“It's a very emotional place,” Wilson said of his workplace.

“Just because people walk on eggshells, and they don't want to hurt people's feelings, but they'll talk about you behind your back,” Turner said.

It could be even more troubling if it gets into the wrong hands ... like those of teenagers. The fear is it could become a platform for cyber bullying, high school counselor Mark Clark said.

“All the anonymity just emboldens those students even more who are going to bully,” Clark said.

And it's a one-way street. The person receiving the message cannot respond, making it feel like an attack.

“That's why it's so important for kids to come forward," Clark said. "Tell an adult so that we can help them."

Sarahah is the No. 1 free app on the App Store. It started soaring in popularity when it linked with Snapchat.

Only people who have an account can send messages. Users can also choose to block other users.

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