There’s an Apple software bug currently affecting iPhones, iPads, and Macs – and some pranksters are taking advantage of it.
As Mashable first reported, a number of Twitter users are intentionally posting the Telugu character in hope that it will show up in some people’s timelines, and crash their device whether they see it intentionally or by accident.
The bug is huge, not only because it concerns all of Apple’s devices, but also because all versions of current operating systems are at risk.
The only safe version is iOS 11.3, which is currently in beta, and it’s not clear when Apple plans to release it more broadly.
my crypto twitter feed keeps crashing the app so obviosuly ppl r just spamming that indian character that crashes ios apps ; touché crypto twitter
— [pleb] (@PumpMyBags) February 17, 2018
Yo, someone you follow probably posted the Telugu character lol You need to log into Twitter on a non Apple product, and find whoever posted it and then block them. That will stop the crashing
— Tristen Heath (@TristenHeath) February 17, 2018
Can we have that #Telegu iPhone Crashing Character to trend on twitter please ? ????
— Hackology (@Hackology) February 18, 2018
It’s also unclear whether the company will decide to release a dedicated bug-fixing update first, but it has acknowledged the bug and is working to fix it.
Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.