KARACHI: The world’s most-used messaging app, WhatsApp, is as soon as once more within the information on account of a bug that has confused the customers.
The glitch was additionally reported on Fb in Pakistan because the latest posts appeared as shared on Jan 1970.
The photographs shared by WhatsApp customers on a number of Fb pages present they acquired missed voice/video calls on “1 Jan 1970” and puzzled why that is occurring.
“Does anyone know why is this happening in WhatsApp calling?? It’s been the second time that date appeared in two different chats,” one consumer posted in a Fb tech group.
One other responded to it, saying that WhatsApp is conscious of the problem and it’s a “Linux bug based on epoch time”.
In one other tech discussion board, a WhatsApp response was shared through which the messaging app stated it was conscious of the problem and “working on fixing it in a future update”.
Nonetheless, there isn’t any assertion from Fb, which additionally owns WhatsApp, over the matter placing the customers in a jeopardy relating to the safety of their knowledge.
This isn’t the primary time that Fb skilled a timestamp glitch. In 2015, the social media large confronted an identical downside when its customers have been despatched notifications relating to friendships.
In keeping with a Gizmodo report, it was s most probably on account of a difficulty with Unix time, often known as Epoch time.
This technique counts the variety of seconds which have elapsed since January 1, 1970, so there’s a superb probability that an error may’ve restarted the clock on this explicit Fb characteristic. (That’s virtually precisely 46 years in the past.)