WhatsApp has reportedly fixed the bug that started earlier this week that showed “Error:unknown” as contact status. According to various reports, the bug had affected thousands of users worldwide.
The glitch was followed by a hoax message from the CEO of WhatsApp, one ‘Jim Balsamic’, and reads,
‘Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team..:) FINAL WARNING! If your WhatsApp status is error:status unavailable then you are not frequent user and by 5:00pm C.A.T WhatsApp will start charging you. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it.”
Within no time, the hoax message got viral and users in fear of losing access to their accounts, start sending message to 10 people in their friends’list.
WhatsApp posted a blog to warn users of the service, it said,
“We have been getting a lot of emails and questions from you about a chain letter message circulating in our network. Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.
“While we are flattered that we made it Hoax Slayer we would rather work on cool new features instead of debunking silly stories like these.”
But now the issue seems to be resolved, though the official confirmation is yet to be received from WhatsApp.
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This is not the first time such hoax viral messages have surfaced. BBM messenger have also faced such issues in the past.