If anything, the message was created to simply irritate users with a brief inability (in some extreme cases, it crashes the app) to scroll up or down after tapping on the dot.
Just a few days ago, a spam forwarded message was making the rounds and even though it actually has the "don't touch here" part of the message, even if you do not actually touch, it still caused WhatsApp to hang and/or crash.
Another message reads as follows - "If you touch this black dot then your WhatsApp will hang" and also includes a downward pointing finger at a dot. At present, WhatsApp has yet to acknowledge the bug but it goes without saying that an update should be forthcoming to address the issue, if not already released.
As per the report, the message bears some unknown special characters which crash the application.
Earlier on Monday, Slashgear reported that a bug is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages. This is not a hoax as many WhatsApp users experienced WhatsApp crash after tapping on the black icon.
This is not the first time that such a message has been circulating in the platform. These buggy messages now shared on WhatsApp have special characters that can changes text behavior which further causes the application to freeze due to these invisible symbols.
The first bug is hidden in a message which reads, "This is very interesting (emoji)..." You will also have to copy the message from the Pastebin link and not through the thread itself.
The URL will automatically redirect you to the chat window and once the "Message" button is clicked, the web page plugs into WhatsApp Web to let you chat with the person whose number you type in the URL.
It is best to avoid such messages and delete it from your beloved smartphones. You should also inform other WhatsApp contacts to not click on such messages stating the reason why.
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