Pakistan cat filter video goes global

Pakistan cat filter video goes global

Peshawar: A minister in Pakistan was streamed live on Facebook with the “cat filter” turned on. The story has now gone global with media organizations like, CNN, Telegraph, The Verge, and hundreds of others websites covering it.

The story even became Google trend in Canada and many other countries days after the online stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking with journalists went viral on Friday after a member of his social media team accidentally activated the filter on the Facebook.

Comments started pouring in as Facebook users noticed pink cat-like ears and whiskers had appeared on the heads of the minister and two accompanying officials.

The video was deleted minutes after the press conference from the official Facebook page of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Yousafzai confirmed the incident and told AFP it happened by accident.

“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.

The live stream continued with the whiskers and ears in place, even after the error was pointed out by users.

A press statement, issued by the PTI social media team said the incident happened because of “human error”.

“All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incidents in future,” it said. Web Desk and AFP. Photo Courtesy-AFP

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