This Was Probably the Most A-meow-zing “Puss Conference” Ever

Pakistan politician accidentally does livestream with cat whiskers and ears.
Monday 17 June 2019
Even politics deserve funny meow-ments like these sometimes. Photo: AFP

A politician in northwestern Pakistan was given paws for thought after his press conference was streamed live on Facebook with the “cat filter” turned on, giving him on-screen whiskers and ears. 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 social network.

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. 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 from the official Facebook page of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which is in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Images from the press conference were still available on social media.

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A minister in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had to face hilarious situation after his entire media talks went live with a cat filter on by his social media team. Photo: AFP

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

Source: AFP

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