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Elon Musk takes a dig at WhatsApp with ‘free phone hack’ emoji

Elon Musk’s latest tweet is targeted at WhatsApp which was recently involved in Jeff Bezos’ iPhone hack.

| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 19:21 IST
Elon Musk’s late night tweets target WhatsApp’s recent hack.
Elon Musk’s late night tweets target WhatsApp’s recent hack. (REUTERS)

Taking a dig at WhatsApp over repeated users privacy violation amid security vulnerabilities, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter with a meme, showing various 'mechanical arm' emojis representing Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and WhatsApp respectively.

Musk posted the image with the caption: "New emoji! Last one comes with free phone hack."

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The "last one" happened to be the WhatsApp version of the robotic arm emoji.

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The meme led to several users reacting to Musk. Multiple reports claimed this week that a WhatsApp bug would have let hackers read files on a victim's computer.

A user wrote: "Hey Elon, can you pull some weight and get a few more rocket Emoji? This one is not cutting it."

"Funny that everyone else is left-handed. Gotta remember that when greeting them," said another.

Investigators believe that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos's iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp - in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC, Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn't WhatsApp's fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple's operating system for Bezos' episode.

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First Published Date: 08 Feb, 11:08 IST