WhatsApp black dot bug freezing Android phones

08 May, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • HIGH ALERT WhatsApp users! Beware of spam message 'Don't Touch Here'

Android users have been receiving a WhatsApp message that contains the line "If you touch the black point your WhatsApp will hang", followed by a black dot and several emojis. The repetition is too much to handle that the app and the phone crash. One includes a simple black dot which conveniently comes with a warning of what will happen if the person taps on it. The other says, "This is very interesting" with an emoji of a laughing face, though it's unlikely you'll be laughing once your phone crashes.

WhatsApp application is freezing but the black dot is not the actual culprit here, there is a small hidden trick in this message.

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Earlier on Monday, Slashgear reported that a bug is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages.

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.

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Neowin has learned the message could cause the WhatsApp app to lock up or crash back to the launcher and even take down the whole mobile operating system. However, there's no timeline on when WhatsApp is planning to release the application, but the company is said to be working so hard in implementing all the features available in the Android version in iOS version. In some cases, it freezes the app. People are forwarding a message on WhatsApp, which stops the functioning of WhatsApp if you tap that message. However, it is still recommended to not click on them.

On clicking this message, it can hang your smartphone and you will not be able to see anything on your display for some time. 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.

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Avoiding such messages is recommended. You won't lose any data and there's no indication that any of these messages can hack into your device. In order to experience the feature, WhatsApp users will need to update their app to version 2.18.138.

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