This failure already affected Apple mobiles in 2016 and is caused by an error in the UNIX operating system used by WhatsApp.
Many WhatsApp users are reporting that, over the last week, they are receiving missed calls a bit strange due to its date, which is none other than the January 1, 1970, a bug that the Facebook-owned company has already fixed in its latest update.
This WhatsApp failure transports us to the year 1970
As reported in 20 minutes a bug has appeared in WhatsApp recently that causes users to receive lost calls in the application with the date of January 1, 1970.
So yesterday on whatsapp a friend called me from the 1970s… at 1 am.👀Wish I'd answered. 🕺 (Thoughts on this internet geeks?) pic.twitter.com/c99U7rr10I
– Stephanie Hegarty (@stephhegarty) January 22, 2021
This ruling has its origin in the start date of the UNIX operating system used by many applications, among which is WhatsApp, and is caused by a reset of the timer that returns to first day of the year 1970
This problem with UNIX time, called Epoch time, It is not something new since this same failure affected the iPhone in 2016, since iOS used January 1, 1970 as the zero date to start counting the days, leaving some iPhone 5 useless.
WhatsApp bug. I got 2 missed calls from 1970 today. Except that they were made today. Mark !!!!!!! 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/0TbfzlMi9F
– MrUgly (@MrUgly_ZW) February 1, 2021
In this case, this problem is not so serious since we can continue using our terminal without problem. What happens is that if we are not connected to WhatsApp and someone calls us through the application, it appears wrongly registered to us, with the date of January 1970.
Anyway, there is no need to worry because the instant messaging application itself already has fixed this bug with its latest update, so if you are having this problem just you should update WhatsApp as soon as possible.