13 Apr 2018
WhatsApp bug makes timestamp of messages illegible
Users across the world are reporting a rather strange WhatsApp bug which is messing up the timestamps of messages and Status uploads.
Instead of 'Today' users are seeing '84oday' as the timestamp in chats and under Status, and instead of 'Yesterday,' '89esterday' is being shown.
The bug is affecting only the latest beta version 2.18.109 of the app on Android.
Here's why 'Today' and 'Yesterday' appear cryptic
After the issue was complained about on social media, Twitter user Federico Sabbioni rightly pointed out the reason those digits are being added before the words 'today' and 'yesterday.'
Their first letter, that is T and Y, is being replaced by their ASCII codes. The ASCII code for T is 84 and for Y is 89.
ASCII code is a common representation of texts in computers
I got it. 😀 The number is the ASCII code of the first letter. pic.twitter.com/pyNTnsBtTB— Federico Sabbioni (@fedesab97) April 12, 2018
WhatsApp is yet to address the issue
The cause of the bug is still unclear. However, since it has affected a beta version of the app, it is expected that the company will roll out a fix before an update is officially launched.
Users can report the WhatsApp bug to the company's support e-mail ID or Twitter handle. They can also be reported under Facebook's Whitehat Vulnerability Reward Program.
Bug is only affecting messages exchanged over an hour ago
Notably, the bug is only affecting the timestamp of messages exchanged more than 60 minutes ago. The timestamp for messages and Status uploads which have been put up less than an hour ago is appearing correctly.