WhatsApp is one of the most successful messaging platforms with over 1.5 billion monthly active users. The instant messaging service is often riddled with scams and spams. A new one now is spreading on the messaging platform.

A new WhatsApp message is roaming around that is causing the app to freeze up and stop working when the recipient taps on the message box. The latest spam message starts from “black dot” and ends at “don’t touch here.” The forward message reads, “If you touch the black point then your WhatsApp will hang” and the message below reads, “don’t touch here.”

As per the report made by @WABetaInfo,  the bug is reportedly affecting only Android smartphones, and iOS users seem to be unaffected by the forward. The mentioned forward message contains some kind of special characters, which is not recognized by current android devices and causing the app to crash.

WhatsApp bug causing the app to crash

Additionally, this is not the first time that such a spam message has been floating in the platform. Earlier in February, a bug was causing iPhones to crash when a single character in Telugu, an Indian language, was sent to the device or typed in a text editor.

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How to avoid these kind of WhatsApp bugs?

Well, there is no technical way to avoid these kind of messages, but all you can do is, avoid clicking on these kind of messages as these messages are vulnerable and no one know how the vulnerability could be misused.

Also, try to educate your friends, families and connections to avoid spreading these kind of messages on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has recently gone through many ups and downs, but the team is working very hard to fix all the issues. Hopefully, the engineers would be able to fix the bug as soon as possible.

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