Pakistani politician accidentally livestreams press conference using a ‘cat filter’


A Pakistani politician’s press conference for local constituents last week didn’t go exactly as he planned when, unbeknownst to him, livestream viewers saw him with animated cat ears and whiskers. 

Shaukat Yousafazi, a regional minister in northwest Pakistan, had a cat filter unknowingly turned on during his Facebook livestream on the official Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s page, according to CNN.

{mosads}As he was speaking about local issues, the filter put ears and whiskers on his face for the entirety of the broadcast, CNN reports.

The mishap quickly gained attention online.


In a “clarification”, the party, which prides itself as the “pioneers of Social Media in Pakistan,” said the mistake came down to “‘human error’ by one of our hard-working volunteers.”

“All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future with a great emphasis on strict enforcement of SOPs and protocol for live coverage by the ground teams,” the notification said.


Yousafzai seemed to later laugh off the matter, according to CNN, which reported he told the Agence France-Press, “I wasn’t the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter.”

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