A WhatsApp Message That Has Been Crashing IPhone And Android Users

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A Telugu script message is going viral on the messaging platform WhatsApp and it is reported to have been crashing WhatsApp.

"As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces". That causes the app and/or the phone to go down.

The moment you tap on the message, or the black point just to conform with the directions given in the first line (out of curiosity), your WhatsApp "hangs" leaving you incapable of scrolling up and down.

One of these few spam messages read - "This is very interesting", with the "laughing so much I'm crying" emoji. The messages are written in a plain and simple text together with emojis which is what makes it hard for the users to identify if it's a normal message or a bug. Once the user touches the black dot, the WhatsApp application crashes, reports FE. See More: WhatsApp is Crashing?

Lurking within this seemingly innocent text are tens of thousands of invisible "left-to-right" and "right-to-left" control characters that can derail your device, according to Neowin. In the meantime, you should avoid tapping on suspicious messages from "friends" if you don't want your apps to crash.

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Based on reports over the weekend, several variations of the message seem to be doing the rounds, so we can't tell you exactly what to look for.

On the most modern and powerful smartphones the bug simply blocks WhatsApp (or the application in which you received that message) and you just have to wait for it to close by itself or close it manually.

As per Reddit threads and YouTube videos, the message comes in a variety of forms, and works by hiding a bunch of characters that then get expanded when you tap the message.

You won't be able to open WhastApp and other messaging apps may be inaccessible too. In the meantime, consumers should be sure not to open any suspicious messages they receive.