Beware! This new WhatsApp bug can crash your Android phones

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Curiously, Android is able to display the message without problems but the crash is caused by the engine that handles the selection of text.

These messages are specially crafted to include symbols in between spaces hidden in a simple text which expands when tapped on. This one read, "If you touch the black point then your whatsapp will hang", followed by the second line with a "black dot" and the words "t-touch-here". It's not as dire as needing to uninstall reinstall but it is a hassle if you'll have to restart both the app and your phone, especially if you need to send important messages to contacts.

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Earlier on Monday, Slashgear reported that a bug is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages. The fact is that there are hundreds (around two thousand, actually) of invisible characters in the message that end up causing Android's text rendering engine to go haywire and ultimately crash, particularly on older devices. The content of this message is " Who says that your smartphone cannot hang, along with, don't-touch-here' and also ' i can hand your Whatsapp for a while just touch below message".

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. In the meantime, you should avoid tapping on suspicious messages from "friends" if you don't want your apps to crash. At the moment, WhatsApp is working on the Greeting Message, which sends a greeting message to a customer. WhatsApp itself presently can't seem to make any remark on the bug or issue a fix to secure against it, so we can't yet make certain about precisely what's happening. If you receive any such buggy messages on WhatsApp, it is advised to not click on them, and simply ignore. 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.

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