It disabled access to iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook and Gmail and if received sent the device into a frenzy by causing the iOS Springboard - which manages the iPhone's homescreen - to crash.
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Not surprisingly, the messages come laden with symbols or hidden texts which, when tapped, "expand" to overload the system or the app.
However, there is no cause for concern as the bug was merely invented to vex users.
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The glitch works by overloading systems with tens of thousands of hidden text characters, forcing affected users to reset their iOS or Android device.
This isn't the first time that phones have been sent into a spin via a simple message. However, now it seems that the company might soon launch the iOS version of the app. Another message says, "This is very interesting" with an emoji of a laughing face.
Why it does this is due to the nature of the message; it contains symbols that WhatsApp doesn't yet recognise, and is therefore invisible to the user. However, the Black Dot is being considered as a bait for the curious users who may open the message anyway. Curiously, Android is able to display the message without problems but the crash is caused by the engine that handles the selection of text. In some cases, it freezes the app. Now the message is more seemingly innocuous but has the same effect. WhatsApp itself has yet to make any comment on the bug or issue a patch to protect against it, so we can't yet be sure about exactly what's going on. It is better to delete such messages beforehand. You should also inform other WhatsApp contacts to not click on such messages stating the reason why.