"The trendy message which is getting forwarded these days, reads, "I can hang your WhatsApp for a while just touch below message" and is followed by the message, "don't-touch-here".
Since the Facebook-owned communication platform caters to 1.5 billion people worldwide, it is safe to assume that pretty much everyone you know is on it.
Before this, the same kind of message in the Tamil language was floating among the WhatsApp users, Facebook messages and other apps.
Earlier on Monday, Slashgear reported that a bug is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages.
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But unlike other new features such as the highly awaited sticker album and the option to save voice messages (and listen to them) before sending anything out, this new WhatsApp update is available right now.
"In both cases, the message includes special characters that don't display visibly but are used to change text behavior". This is not a hoax as many WhatsApp users experienced WhatsApp crash after tapping on the black icon.
Additionally, this is not the first time that such a spam message has been floating in the platform.
There are a myriad of messaging clients available on smartphones these days, including the more popular Facebook Messenger as well others such as Telegram which has found itself blocked from use in Russian Federation. So if you receive a message saying "This is very interesting!" with a crying laughing emoji, then you'll probably have to restart your device. "There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded". The truth is that the text "do not touch the black circle" on WhatsApp hides thousands of characters inside WhatsApp which the application is not able to process them causing an immediate blockage and termination of WhatsApp. It is advisable to not click on such buggy messages when received from unknown people.