Nefarious players are exploiting a game-breaking Destiny 2 bug that allows them to sabotage another player's game by sending them a malicious message in the FPS games text chat. Bungie has now disabled the games text chat functionality temporarily across all platforms while they investigate the problem and develop a solution.
The text chat issue was initially identified on the Destiny 2 forums and the games subreddit. Players noted that posting a particular text string into the chat window would result in an instant game crash, thus booting them out and returning the Weasel error message.
Rather than sending the message to a large chat, some ruthless Destiny deviants decided to whisper the text string to their opponents, causing the other players games to crash and securing themselves a quick victory. Some players claimed that even deactivating your chat fixes the issue, as the messages are still sent to your character, but they are not displayed to you.
While players are evidently reluctant to disclose the message in question, several people claim that the culprit is a long copypast meme that has been translated from English into Chinese, which pushes above the game's intended character limit for a single message. Because Chinese characters typically require slightly more memory per character, this causes a memory overflow, which eventually causes the game to crash.
Bungie announced that they have temporarily disabled text chat on all platforms in Destiny 2 while we investigate an issue that resulted in Weasel errors, and that players may begin again e-mailing sincere thanks and support.
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