Pak politician does livestream with cat whiskers, ears

16 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PESHAWAR: 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, reports AFP.

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.

Yousafzai confirmed the incident and told AFP it happened by accident.