An error is relayed through messages that could not only crash the WhatsApp Android app after listening, but possibly even the entire Android device, according to media reports.
"As with any message bomb, sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden icons between spaces." Tapping on a portion of the text will cause the app to "expand" the hidden icons, possibly overloading the app and even the operating system, "reported SlashGear.
Such news or "news bombs" are not new and not limited to Android. Even iMessage is not immune to bugs that could crash the app.
"There are two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded, one contains an ominous black dot that contains a warning about what's going to happen if you type in what most curious cats are going to do anyway," he added Report added.
Another "news bomb" that crashes the news platform is "nefarious, looks too innocent" and does not come with a warning.
The message contains special characters that are not visible but are used to change the text behavior.
An unnecessary amount of these invisible icons causes WhatsApp to freeze.
Facebook owner WhatsApp has not yet commented on the potentially annoying bug.