Published: Tue, June 18, 2019

'Cat filter' used in Pakistan ministers' live media address, photos go viral

'Cat filter' used in Pakistan ministers' live media address, photos go viral

Pakistan's ruling party has blamed "human error" after a government official was shown with cartoon cat ears and whiskers during a press conference broadcast live on Facebook.

However, viewers captured screenshots of the presser, posting photos and videos to social media.

Shaukat Yousafzai was speaking with reporters after a cabinet meeting when the purr-fect filter - with whiskers and bright pink ears - appeared.

"I wasn't the only one - two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter", he said with a laugh.

However, it remained online long enough for numerous social media users to notice the weird mistake.

Social media erupted with cat-memes and cat-ch phrases.


The Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was streaming the conference from northwest Pakistan.

In what feels like a skit, a Pakistani politician forgot to turn off a cat filter during a Facebook Live press conference.

The government issued an apology for the incident via Twitter, writing that they consider their social media team to be top notch.

Yousafzai told the Agence France-Presse that he wasn't the only one affected by the filter and seemed amused by the incident. "We... pride ourselves in bringing Pakistani politics to [the] internet".

The statement said a party disciplinary committee had "probed the matter first-hand", saying the incident was "human error" by a party volunteer.

"Let's not take everything so seriously", he said.

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