A Black Dot Could Crash your Phone

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WhatsApp Business app, which is now available only for Android users already has over three million active users, and with the addition of the iOS application, the user base will take a surge. 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. Fresh leaks hint that work on the WhatsApp iOS Business app has finally begun.

One type of WhatsApp forward contains a black dot which comes with a useful warning about what will happen if it's tapped on. Another message says, "This is very interesting" with an emoji of a laughing face.

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The tricky and wonderful part is that how they have managed to hide all these characters and we only see the famous black circle and the message of do not touch here. At present, WhatsApp has yet to acknowledge the bug but it goes without saying that an update should be forthcoming to address the issue, if not already released. "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. Or, you can use another messaging app. The bug is only crashing Android devices, so if you are an iOS user, then you need not worry about the bug. The stated sentence is followed by the second line with a "black dot" and the words "t-touch-here" are written next to the dot. In some cases, it freezes the app. "There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded". This is not for the first time that we have come across such spam messages making round on WhatsApp. Other various messaging apps too have become victim to such buggy messages including Facebook-owned WhatsApp. If you receive such messages, the best idea is to delete it. There are also complaints of Android phones being disrupted by the message bombs.

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