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This black dot message may cause your WhatsApp to crash

By Staff reporter Time of article published May 10, 2018

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INTERNATIONAL - A message that was doing the rounds on WhatsApp has been causing the app of certain WhatsApp users to freeze and not respond.

The message being sent reads as follows:

" If you touch the black dot, then your WhatsApp will hang t-touch-here" 

For WhatsApp users on Android, the message would cause WhatsApp to hang (Freeze or make it unresponsive) if you open it, reports my broadband. You then have to close and relaunch WhatsApp.

In iOS Messages, however, the same text causes the app to hang immediately, AppleInsider reported.

Closing and relaunching the app does not appear to resolve the issue.

The bug affects iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.3 and the beta releases of iOS 11.4.

How to stop the message from affecting you: 

1. Move away from the message with the dot in it so it does not appear when you launch Messages.

2. Force the app to close, then create a new message using 3D Touch.

3. Delete the message from another device connected to the same iCloud account.

4. It is also advised to avoid such spam messages from any unknown person. 

New information has revealed that an average WhatsApp call uses anything from 0.15 MB to 0.47 Mb per minute, according to a Quora forum finding.

This means that making a three-minute call over WhatsApp instead of regular cellphone call can save you as much as R3. 

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