We all have this irresistible adventurous nature of daring things no matter how dangerous they may appear.
When a message pops up on Facebook or any IM app telling you to do something and see what happens next, you can’t stop yourself from doing that thing, you will always want to see and experience that “thing” that would happen next.
Recently, there’s this message that’s going around on WhatsApp compelling people to tap on it and see what happens next. It’s a bug being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could crash not just your WhatsApp Android app but possibly your entire Android device as well.
According to Slash Gear, It involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in-between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS.
Such messages or “message bombs” as experts call them are not new and not limited to Android OS alone. Even individuals using iMessage app are not immune to bugs like this that could send the app crashing.
Reports have it that there are two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats like me and you will eventually do anyway.
The second “message bomb” which is causing the WhatsApp messaging platform to crash is more “nefarious, and looks too innocent” and does not come with a warning.
The message includes special characters that do not display visibly but are used to change text behavior.
A superfluous amount of these invisible symbols causes WhatsApp to freeze.
So far, WhatsApp has not commented on this bug but I believe an update will be released soon.