Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Someone accidentally used cat filter during parliament debate Facebook live stream

Politicians were left red-faced after live streaming an entire parliamentary debate with a cat filter on.

The gaffe was carried out by the regional government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

With pink ears and cute whiskers, the online stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai, from Pakistan’s PTI party, who was speaking with journalists went viral on Friday, after a member of his social media team accidentally activated the filter on the social network. Comments began pouring in as Facebook users noticed the blunder.

There’s ‘a cat in the cabinet’ one said. Others were more literal: ‘Shaukat Yousafzai looks like a cat – Meow meow meow.’ The video, seen by an AFP reporter, was deleted minutes after the press conference.

Later, the party issued a clarification on Twitter regarding the cat filter incident, calling it ‘a human error’. In a statement, PTI said: ‘All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future.’

Yousafzai confirmed the incident. ‘The cat filter was turned on by mistake’ Yousafzai said, adding ‘let’s not take everything so seriously’. ‘I wasn’t the only one – two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter,’ he joked.