by Cathy Warren Feb 16th, 2018
I’m really excited to be writing this. I’m Eben, a seventeen-year-old college student. I’m not a campaigner or an activist. But after one of my friends was sent abuse through an app called Sarahah that lets bullies send anonymous messages – I started a campaign to shut it down. 
And it’s working! After hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees-ers signed my petition, tweeted, emailed and wrote on Apple and Google’s facebook walls, Apple removed this dangerous app from their store. 
It’s fantastic news, but right now Sarahah is still available on Google Play.  To get this app out of bullies hands for good, we need to make sure they do the right thing too. Imagine if today thousands of us reported Sarahah to Google for allowing bullies to target people like my friend. It would be impossible to ignore and Google won’t want to look like they’re lagging behind Apple.
When I started this, I had no idea that together we could make a tech giant like Apple listen to us. But now I know we can, and together we can make Google take down Sarahah too.
My friend’s not alone in being targeted by bullies using the Sarahah app. There have been so many other stories in the papers. A young girl suffering from depression was told to commit suicide by anonymous users of the app. And a twelve-year-old cancer patient was teased for his appearance after chemotherapy. 
But together we can put a stop to this. Apple took the app down from their store after over 100,000 other people signed my petition and thousands of us flooded their Facebook wall and email inbox.  We know it works. If everyone reading this email took just three minutes to report Sarahah to Google, we could make sure no one else gets bullied using this awful app.
Thanks so much,