Government members went live on Facebook with the cat filter accidentally turned on, and the results were NOT dignified.
Recently, members of the Pakistani political party PTI went live on their Facebook page, PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Someone “unintentionally” switched on the cat filter. The government members turned into big-eyed, pink-eared kitties during the live meeting session. The person behind the camera soon realized the issue and turned the filter off. By that time however, people tuning in to the livestream already had the screenshots they needed.
It is a tool which started on Snapchat and its function included superimposing itself onto what it can detect as a human face. The cat filter consists of two cat ears, whiskers and a button nose. Moreover, it also adjusts to peoples faces as it moves,
This live stream was of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking with journalists. The party’s social media managers deleted the live stream right after the conference ended. Yousafzai confirmed the incident to AFP, saying, “The cat filter was turned on by mistake, 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 said. A press statement issued by the PTI party’s social media team described the incident as “human error.” It added, “All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incidents in future.”
People from around the globe reacted to the screenshots shared on twitter. One wrote: “You can’t beat this! Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt’s live presser on Facebook with cat filters…”
Later on Saturday, the party put out a clarification regarding the incident, considering it “a human error by one of our hardworking volunteers”. The party said it had taken “necessary action” and the mistake would not happen again.
Looks like the cat got out of the bag that fateful day.
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