WhatsApp Plagued By 'Black Dot' Bug

As you may have guessed, there's nothing particularly special about WhatsApp: the bug is related to Android's text rendering engine, so nearly any app that displays text is susceptible to it (Chrome seems to be immune to the bug, however). If a specially crafted message, found on Pastebin, is sent to a device, it can manifest in the aforementioned behavior, thanks to tens of thousands of invisible "left-to-right" and "right-to-left" control characters placed between the emoji and the final quotation marks. And, it could be annoying to restart the phone and the app when you are amidst important work. Thus far, at least two variations of the message bomb have been identified - there's one with a black dot that literally warns recipients of what will happen if you tap on it (and apparently, folks are still doing just that).

The message is in a simple text in quoted form, it looks like "This is very interesting", with the "laughing so much I'm crying" emoji.

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Apart from this, WhatsApp recently rolled out sticker album for its Beta Users. On clicking the black dot crashes the WhatsApp app. Several users are facing issues with the functioning of their Whatsapp messenger after tapping on the message, usually forwarded by friends who want a quick laugh.

But fortunately, it doesn't seem as though the WhatsApp bug will wipe your handset or require you to completely reboot the device. In some cases, it freezes the app. If you enter a number not registered with WhatsApp then the URL will notify you with a message "phone number shared via url is invalid". In order to experience the feature, WhatsApp users will need to update their app to version 2.18.138. If you receive any such buggy messages on WhatsApp, it is advised to not click on them, and simply ignore. You will also have to copy the message from the Pastebin link and not through the thread itself. There are also complaints of Android phones being disrupted by the message bombs.

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