WhatsApp Bomb Messages Crashes Android and iOS Smartphones - Beware!

08 May, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Rolando Keller
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WhatsApp message bombs have been around for a long time, forcing the app to freeze in most cases.

As spotted by the tipster, WhatsApp is working on enabling the "Greeting Message" feature that sends an automatic message to new customers, or after 14 days of no activity with a customised message. This new URL will let you access chats from only those users you want to speak to with the simple filling in of their phone number. TechJuice received such a message as well and as you can see in the image below the message reads, "If you touch the black point then your WhatsApp will hang". According to the user, a message that says, "This is very interesting!" along with a face with tears of joy emoji is causing the WhatsApp app to crash.

So far, users have reported that the message bomb has been capable of shutting down both the Android and iOS versions of WhatsApp, but only Android phones have fallen victim completely to the bug.

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Fear not; the bug itself is harmless, and reports state that there is nothing malicious embedded within the message. A screenshot of the prank posted by India Times suggests that the WhatsApp "black spot" message only affects Android users, but has yet to affect anyone using the messaging app on iOS devices. "Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app "expand" the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS", SlashGear explains. On clicking the black dot crashes the WhatsApp app. Simply avoid these type of text messages or use another messaging app.

Message bombs are bugs which are being forwarded via messages. However, it is still recommended to not click on them. It is better to delete such messages beforehand.

The uplifting news is you don't have a considerable measure to stress over, regardless of whether a friend who loves jokes gets you out with one of these messages, you only need to reset your telephone to bring it back.

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