WhatsApp has fixed a funny bug in its calls that caused them to be dated in 1970. A failure that, also, has had repercussions on social networks.
It is likely that if you have made any calls via WhatsApp lately, you have noticed something strange. Exactly, the date of the call was wrong. Numerous users have reported in recent weeks a problem that dated the calls in the year 1970. An obvious bug that has aroused curiosity.
Now, WhatsApp has put a solution to it. The latest update of the application has fixed this problem, although it had been present for a few weeks. In fact, until a few days ago, users on social networks were still taking screenshots of the bug.
Some users have remembered this failure for having happened also a few years ago, in 2015 on Facebook. Many of the contents that went out on Facebook for a while were dated January 1, 1970.
Why do WhatsApp calls are listed as they were made in 1970?
The bug was specifically in the calls. At the time a call was registered in WhatsApp, it was shown as being made with a date in 1970. No matter if the call was received or not; In the user’s record, the call remained with that date. And there is a reason for this.
This date may be familiar to you from before. Commonly, an operating system that has an outdated date shows precisely the year 1970 in the first place. This is because WhatsApp, as the vast majority of operating systems, uses the so-called “Epoch time” or UNIX time.
This system used to describe time instants used in UNIX operating systems counts the seconds elapsed since midnight UTC on January 1, 1970. This is the starting date from which many, many systems and applications, including iOS, for example, start counting time. Recall that UNIX, the basis for many of these operating systems, was created in ’69.
Most likely, therefore, a bug in WhatsApp’s time-counting system has reset the counter, placing the date of the calls on January 1, 1970. Fortunately, this is not a serious bug that will cause serious problems on our device; We will simply have to update the application for it to be fixed.