New anonymous app for positive messages backfires - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New anonymous app for positive messages backfires

Posted: Updated:
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Body of missing 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster

    Body of missing 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-10-17 14:55:10 GMT

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. - The body of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko has been found in a dumpster at an apartment in Lynnwood, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says there is evidence he was the victim of homicide.Major Crimes detectives are now investigating and a 19-year-old male has been taken into custody. He is a relative of the boy. The boy was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday.

    >>

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. - The body of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko has been found in a dumpster at an apartment in Lynnwood, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says there is evidence he was the victim of homicide.Major Crimes detectives are now investigating and a 19-year-old male has been taken into custody. He is a relative of the boy. The boy was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday.

    >>
  • Trisha Yearwood to miss 2 Spokane Garth Brooks shows

    Trisha Yearwood to miss 2 Spokane Garth Brooks shows

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-10-17 19:21:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena announced on Tuesday that Trisha Yearwood will miss two of the seven Garth Brooks shows in Spokane next month due to scheduling conflicts.  On Thursday, November 9 Trisha will be finishing the filming of her cooking show, and on Tuesday, November 14 she will be filming the CMA Christmas Music Special in Nashville. She will perform at the other five shows in Spokane. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena announced on Tuesday that Trisha Yearwood will miss two of the seven Garth Brooks shows in Spokane next month due to scheduling conflicts.  On Thursday, November 9 Trisha will be finishing the filming of her cooking show, and on Tuesday, November 14 she will be filming the CMA Christmas Music Special in Nashville. She will perform at the other five shows in Spokane. 

    >>
  • Woman punched in the face at Montana homecoming game

    Woman punched in the face at Montana homecoming game

    Monday, October 16 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-10-17 01:21:25 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - After a fight at the University of Montana homecoming football game in Missoula this weekend, a Helena woman was left with two black eyes. "The next thing I know is I am bleeding all over the place and I have no idea what happened," said Nancy Collick, the alleged victim. Nancy is still in shock and has been seeing different doctors to get her eyes and nose checked out.

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. - After a fight at the University of Montana homecoming football game in Missoula this weekend, a Helena woman was left with two black eyes. "The next thing I know is I am bleeding all over the place and I have no idea what happened," said Nancy Collick, the alleged victim. Nancy is still in shock and has been seeing different doctors to get her eyes and nose checked out.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Freeman High School responds to social media threat

    Freeman High School responds to social media threat

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:59:55 GMT

    FREEMAN, Wash. - School administrators at Freeman High School informed parents Tuesday afternoon that they were notified of a possible threat Tuesday morning. The threat was made on social media Tuesday morning according to a letter sent to parents. School officials say they worked with law enforcement to "process and resolve the situation."

    >>

    FREEMAN, Wash. - School administrators at Freeman High School informed parents Tuesday afternoon that they were notified of a possible threat Tuesday morning. The threat was made on social media Tuesday morning according to a letter sent to parents. School officials say they worked with law enforcement to "process and resolve the situation."

    >>
  • CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report

    CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:21 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:21:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's watchdog is telling Congress that he's never read the Senate's torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's harsh treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's watchdog is telling Congress that he's never read the Senate's torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's harsh treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

    >>
  • Inquest ordered in deadly shooting of pregnant Seattle woman

    Inquest ordered in deadly shooting of pregnant Seattle woman

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:03:20 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - A special hearing has been ordered into the deadly June shooting of a pregnant mother by Seattle police officers. King County Executive Dow Constantine on Tuesday ordered an inquest into Charleena Lyles' death June 18. Seattle police say Lyles threatened two officers after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen video-game consoles.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - A special hearing has been ordered into the deadly June shooting of a pregnant mother by Seattle police officers. King County Executive Dow Constantine on Tuesday ordered an inquest into Charleena Lyles' death June 18. Seattle police say Lyles threatened two officers after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen video-game consoles.

    >>