A Telugu script message is going viral on the messaging platform WhatsApp and it is reported to have been crashing WhatsApp.
Whatsapp users have been urged to look for "text bombs" created to crash phones and break hearts.
According to Reddit threads and YouTube videos, the message arrives in an assortment of structures and works by concealing a pack of characters that at that point get extended when you tap the message. However, after users touch the black dot, WhatsApp will hang, at least temporarily, and may then crash.
A seemingly innocuous string of characters with an emoji at the end which is a forwarded message through WhatsApp is the major culprit here. It is specially crafted because it is created to lure users into tapping a portion of the text so the hidden symbols are expanded, which then overloads the app and even the entire operating system of the smartphone.
Android smartphones with massive processing power might be able to survive the message with just a hanging WhatsApp, but other devices will likely see WhatsApp crash. You may have already come across it and wondered how just tapping on a single emoji can cause an app to freeze and become unresponsive. At the moment, WhatsApp is working on the Greeting Message, which sends a greeting message to a customer. If you receive any such buggy messages on WhatsApp, it is advised to not click on them, and simply ignore.
Although it might appear at first that the black spot itself is causing WhatsApp to momentarily hang once someone taps on it, India Times explained that there's something else in play that makes the prank effective, if supposedly harmless in the long run. However, it is better avoiding such message forwards. You won't lose any data and there's no indication that any of these messages can hack into your device.
WhatsApp is the world's most popular messaging app because of the premium features that it offers.