'Cat filter' derails press conference

Accidental cat filter derails political press conference

A 'cat filter' was left on during the livestream. Image: PTI Party/Facebook

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Pakistani politician’s livestreamed press conference was ridiculed after a cat filter was switched on by mistake.

Shaukat Yousafzai was briefing press last Friday when the setting - which gave the politician cat ears and whiskers - was turned on.

Later when Mr Yousafzai was made aware of the added features, he said the “mistake” should not be taken “so seriously”.

He added: “I wasn't the only one - two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter.”

The video, posted to the official Facebook page of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, was deleted soon after the press conference ended.

Screengrabs of the press conference have been shared widely on social media, with one Twitter user even describing Mr Yousafzai as looking “kinda cute [sic]”.

Journalist Mansoor Ali Khan, who was watching the press conference, joked "we now have a cat in the cabinet".

Another Twitter user wrote: "More press conferences should be shown this way."

Putting out an official statement, the PTI Party blamed the filter on "human error".

“Yesterday, whilst covering a press briefing held by KP’s information minister Shoukat Yousafzai, a ‘cat filter’ was witnessed by the viewers which was removed within a few minutes,” it wrote.

“PTI’s social media disciplinary committee probed the matter first-hand and concluded the incident was a human error by one of our hardworking volunteers.

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

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