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WhatsApp and Android Devices Crashed Due to a New Message Bug

Another "message bomb" which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more "nefarious, looks too innocent" and does not come with a warning.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device.

A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, the media reported.

“As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS,” SlashGear reported on Sunday.

Such messages or “message bombs” are not new and not limited to Android. Even iMessage is not immune to bugs that could send the app crashing.

"There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway," the report added.
WhatsApp Crashed due to a message bug, wikimedia commons

“There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway,” the report added.

Another “message bomb” which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more “nefarious, looks too innocent” and does not come with a warning.

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The message includes special characters that do not display visibly but are used to change text behaviour.

A superfluous amount of these invisible symbols causes WhatsApp to freeze.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has not commented on the potentially disruptive bug so far. (IANS)

 

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Instagram to Fix Bug Altering Follower Count of Users

Instagram claims to have a user-base of one billion global active users and it is not clear how many users actually did get affected by the problem

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

A bug on Instagram that has been altering follower counts of users would be taken care of latest by Friday, Instagram announced in a tweet on Thursday.

“We’re expecting to have this issue resolved by 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) tomorrow. We understand this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to get things back to normal,” the Facebook-owned photo-messaging app tweeted.

Instagram confirmed the bug on Wednesday and informed via Twitter that the company was working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

The bug seemed to have been affecting Indian users as well.

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Instagram to fix bug altering follower counts by Friday. Pixabay

Several Indian public figures, influencers and pages took to Instagram and Twitter to complain about the glitch.

The drastic drop in followers caused some users to wonder if Instagram was culling inactive and fake accounts, as part of its fight against spam, TechCrunch reported.

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Instagram claims to have a user-base of one billion global active users and it is not clear how many users actually did get affected by the problem.

The Instagram bug was reported just hours after Twitter got infected with a similar bug that caused constant fluctuations on the number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Retweets’ on the platform – making users wonder if accounts were being suspended in mass or if Twitter was deleting them. (IANS)