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How the Black Circle of WhatsApp Works

Black Circle of WhatsApp
Written by Hassan Abbas

The viral WhatsApp are transmitted at an incredible speed. It is not the first time we see a chain of messages like that, but it is interesting to know the mechanism behind the black circle of WhatsApp, the joke message that has been virtualized and blocks our phone when we touch it. We will explain how it works and why there is nothing to worry about.

The concrete message reads as follows:

“If you touch the black circle, WhatsApp will get stuck in. Do not touch here.”

What is happening? Basically, if we press the black circle the WhatsApp application will hang up and we will not be able to continue using it for a while. The solution is as simple as closing WhatsApp or changing the application. In fact, going back to WhatsApp will work again.

What is the black circle of WhatsApp

Black Circle of WhatsApp

But the interesting thing is to know why this trap message works. Basically, the trick is that in the text ‘Do not touch here’ hide thousands of hidden characters that WhatsApp can not process and then hang up. These characters are only activated when we press, so if we do not do anything with the message, nothing will happen.

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The black circle of WhatsApp reminds us of the chain of 4000 emojis that blocked the application. The mechanism is the same and it is simply that these applications are not prepared to handle so much information at once. In fact, the black circle also works on Telegram or Instagram, but not on iOS.

How to see the hidden characters

If we want to see the hidden characters that are hidden behind the message, what we should do is open the conversation with a plain text editor. To do this, the easiest thing is to go to the three points of conversation settings, click on more, then on ‘Send chat by email’ and once you have received the text, open it with the Chrome browser. There we can see the conversation and the real characters of the message ‘Do not touch here’.

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Fortunately, it is not a virus, so we must be calm. It is just another chain to spend jokes and an example that Facebook still has work ahead if you want to end SPAM and chains.

If you receive the message, you can touch it knowing that you will hang the application at the time of doing so. A small joke that allows us to know what text messages are more complex than what can be seen at a glance.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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