iPhone-crashing text bug impacts Twitter and Snapchat

UPDATE: A Twitter spokesperson said shortly before 1 p.m. that the company is blocking characters from the iOS bug from being sent through a tweet or direct message.

Social media users beware — a line of text sent through iMessage that causes some iPhones and other Apple devices to crash can also be sent through Snapchat and Twitter.

The text message bug includes the words “effective” and “Power” along with a string of characters in Arabic, Marathi and Chinese.

That pesky message can also be sent through Twitter via direct messages or public mentions and through Snapchat, causing some iPhones to crash if notifications are turned on, The Guardian reports. Users who receive the text message bug won’t be able to open their chat history with the person who sent the message without their iOS device crashing.

A Twitter spokesperson told SiliconBeat in a statement they are aware the bug is impacting their users and are “currently working on a fix.”

WhatsApp and Slack are also being affected by the text messaging bug, The International Business Times found through testing the glitch. But Facebook has blocked the text from being sent through its messaging app.

Apple said on its website that it is working on a software update to solve the problem. Until then, the company has outlined a temporary fix.

Here are the steps:

1. Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”

2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again.

3. If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

Photo Credit: Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group

 

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  • lucy Smith

    Apple said that it is working on a software update to solve the problem. Until then, the company has outlined a temporary fix.Casquette Obey

 
 
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