Press conferences aren’t exciting, even more so the ones made by politicians. So what could make a long and drawn out press conference bearable? Perhaps a cat filter? Better yet, a cat filter that the politician doesn’t know has been turned on. That’s precisely what happened during a live press conference of a Pakistani minister, the cat filter was accidentally enabled during the live stream on Facebook.
Pakistani minister Shaukat Yousafzai was in the middle of a press briefing to journalists when the cat filter was accidentally enabled. Sure enough, the filter picked up the minister’s face and applied itself much to the delight of viewers who must have first thought that someone is playing an elaborate prank on Mr. Yousafzai.
Many viewers were quick to comment on the gaffe right on the live stream but it appears that the minister’s social media team wasn’t paying attention to them as the filter wasn’t removed for quite some time. He wasn’t the only one caught up by the feline filter. “I wasn’t the only one – two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter,” Mr. Yousafzai himself told the AFP news agency.
The video of the press conference was later deleted from the political party’s official Facebook page and an official response was posted which blamed the incident on “human error.” “All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incidents in future,” it added.