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Politician's Press Conference Becomes Bit of a Cat-astrophe

Cat filter was accidentally turned on as Pakistan's Shaukat Yousafzai spoke
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2019 12:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An incident in Pakistan last Friday really put the "owwwww" into meow. CNN reports regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was live-streaming a press conference when a Facebook cat filter was accidentally enabled, giving Yousafzai cat ears, a feline nose, and whiskers—unbeknownst to him (see an image here). Facebook Live users apparently chimed in, but Yousafzai kept on unaware, reports the BBC.

His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party deleted the video shortly after the presser. It cited human error for the mishap and emphasized the PTI social media team "is deemed to be the pioneers of social media in Pakistan," per a statement spotted by the Verge. Yousafzai, for his part, said the goof shouldn't be taken "so seriously," and noted he wasn't alone in his appearance: "Two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter." (Read more gaffe stories.)

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