WhatsApp told NBC News in a statement that viral claims of a cyberattack targeting Jewish people on the app are false.
In a copied-and-pasted message that has quickly spread on social media and on messaging apps, users would be targeted by being asked to download a file named “Seismic Waves CARD,” which would enable phone hacking. The message claims the file will be disguised as “fighting in Jewish settlements.”
The same claim was made weeks ago in relation to earthquakes in Morocco.
WhatsApp says there’s no indication that is actually occurring.
The viral claim is the latest piece of misinformation pertaining to Israel that has flourished in a sea of content related to the quickly escalating war.