How ‘Black Dot’ can hang Whatsapp account
Nowadays a WhatsApp message has been doing the rounds on Facebook recently, with a tolerably bold statement. “If you touch the black point your WhatsApp will hang,” it boldly declares, with said black dot lower in the message. And sure enough, if you touch it, your WhatsApp hangs, even if only instantly.
Think, are we now living in the new age of cyber voodoo? Of course not. Actually, there are some ways that you can mess with a simple messaging client, and one of them is by including symbols it doesn’t recognize.
In this case, it’s not the obvious black dot here causing the problem, but actually the blank space right after it and this way a simply ‘black dot’ hangs Whatsapp account.
Whenever you convert this message into HTML file you can see how mischievous this harmless little message is. The repetition of “ &rlm:”is actually something that’s called a control character.
In HTML file, this denotes the alignment of a piece of text that might be different than that of the text around it.From this way Whatsapp account can be hanged by a simple dot.
It’s not WhatsApp magic, just a troll with technical knowledge and too much time on their hands.