This WhatsApp message can crash your phone

WhatsApp is Crashing? Beware of the Spam Message'Don't Touch Here

WhatsApp Business app, which is now available only for Android users already has over three million active users, and with the addition of the iOS application, the user base will take a surge. 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. To make matters worse, your phone could crash, forcing you to restart it. In this case you need to watch out for a black dot in the center of a WhatsApp message - but apparently the buggy message isn't always so easy to spot.

Another message spotted on Reddit which is similar to the first messages reads - "This is very Interesting! laughing emoji ..."

Fear not; the bug itself is harmless, and reports state that there is nothing malicious embedded within the message.

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The right-to-left text format is used for languages such as Arabic and Urdu while the more common left-to-right text format is used for languages such as English. Previously, it was reported that sending string of Telugu characters could easily crash iMessage wherein the company immediately fixed the bug in the next iOS update. 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".

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

To avoid the problem simply do not click on the message and delete it immediately. Until WhatsApp takes care of this matter, which should take a few days at most, your best bet is to take that social media holiday you've been thinking about. Other various messaging apps too have become victim to such buggy messages including Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

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