Apparently not message that you see on WhatsApp is good for you. Wabetainfo has reported that certain messages circulating on WhatsApp can freeze user’s app after clicking them.
Currently,the messages are reportedly most common in Brazil but it’s just a matter of time till they spread to WhatsApp users across the world. Wabetainfo confirmed the existence of the buggy messages in response to a question posted on Reddit.
The buggy messages are different depending on the person who created them. For your own security, we will show you below some of the known buggy messages that are crashing WhatsApp apps for users when they are clicked.
How does it work?
Well, its simple. Those buggy messages are not actually viruses or malware but there are just messages with a lot of invisible characters beneath them. According to Android Police:
The gist of it is that the invisible part of the message is comprised of special characters which Unicode uses to specify whether a given text should be laid out right-to-left or left-to-right. These characters are necessary to properly display text in several languages that are written right-to-left, such as Hebrew and Arabic.
So what the guys who create the messages that crush your WhatsApp app do is to stuff a lot of characters underneath the message that you see. When you tap or click the message, your WhatsApp will freeze or crash because of the overwhelming amount of the invisible characters and then it will crush.
WhatsApp will keep on crashing every time that you will be attempting to open it which means that you won’t be able to send messages or receive calls from other users.
How to solve it
You can try to restart your phone when your when WhatsApp starts to crash after tapping or clicking the message. If this doesn’t the issue, you may have to uninstall WhatsApp but that would result in losing all your messages unless you backup your chats regularly.
Does it affect all the phones?
The message reportedly affects mid-range smartphones, budget phones and older phones. High end smartphones reportedly have enough muscles to prevent such messages from crashing WhatsApp.
Does WhatsApp know about this
WhatsApp hasn’t officially talked about this problem but its likely that they know about it. We don’t know if they are working on a solution to stop these messages from being sent on WhatsApp or they are just waiting for every WhatsApp user to use high end smartphones which are hardly affected.