This message is freezing WhatsApp across the world

08 May, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Marie Harrington
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If you try to open a chat with an incorrect WhatsApp phone number, the instant messaging app will notify you as 'phone number shared via url is invalid'. The gist of it is that the invisible part of the message is comprised of special characters which Unicode uses to specify whether a given text should be laid out right-to-left or left-to-right.

WhatsApp has finally started working on the WhatsApp Business app for iOS as well, as a couple of screenshots from the upcoming app have been leaked online. Thus far, at least two variations of the message bomb have been identified - there's one with a black dot that literally warns recipients of what will happen if you tap on it (and apparently, folks are still doing just that).

Revealed on Reddit, the message reads "This is very interesting!" and signs off with the popular "face with tears of joy" emoji. This message is coming in Hindi and English both the languages. The bug occurs when a specific malicious message is sent to a device.

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A new forward message is now making the rounds on WhatsApp causing the messenger app to jam when the recipient taps on the message box.

There have been various WhatsApp prank messages throughout the app's history, and the black dot message is just the latest example. The message was also acting in the same manner, on clicking the message, it can freeze the smartphone of users. Simply avoid these type of text messages or use another messaging app. Users who have received the messages are being discouraged from forwarding them. The bad thing about message bombs is that they crash the user's smartphone after the user clicked on the message. If you receive such messages, the best idea is to delete it. WhatsApp itself has yet to make any comment on the bug or issue a patch to protect against it, so we can't yet be sure about exactly what's going on. There are also complaints of Android phones being disrupted by the message bombs.

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