It looks like trolls are exploiting the latest iPhone bug to make life very difficult for Twitter users.
Earlier in the week, yet another iPhone-crashing iOS bug surfaced. For some reason, a single character from the Indian Telugu language will cause whatever app it’s viewed in to crash repeatedly.
Apple has said it’s aware of the issue and plans to fix it in an upcoming update, but the issue has proved to be particularly problematic on Twitter. As word of yet another crash-inducing bug has begun to spread, it appears that some Twitter users are using it to their advantage.
Since the bug surfaced late last week, some have been inserting the offending character into their Twitter names and encouraging others to spread it in tweets.
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
Whomstever is tweeting the iOS twitter crashing Unicode: thank you
— trash panda praxis (@BlueSpaceCanary) February 12, 2018
It’s much easier for the bug to spread on Twitter than within iMessages and other apps, because your phone will be affected if anyone in your feed uses the character, whether or not you intentionally view the tweet.
Needless to say, it’s been wreaking havoc on a number of users’ phones, leaving them unable to use the Twitter app without frequent crashes.
Again, Apple says it has a fix on the way, though it’s not clear when it will be available — it’s been patched in the latest iOS betas so hopefully it will be soon. Until then, Twitter users have discovered a couple workarounds. If you can access your Twitter account outside of the app, such as within Safari, you can log in and block any users tweeting the character.
It’s not ideal, but it should serve as a temporary fix until Apple or Twitter issue a formal bug fix.