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Sunday Jun 16 2019
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The cat's out of the bag! PTI minister's livestream on Caturday went out with cat filter

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AFP
Pakistani children point at a computer screen — showing a screengrab of a press conference attended by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai and streamed live on social media — in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 15, 2019. AFP/Farooq Naeem

PESHAWAR: A minister of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 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.

The online stream of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information 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.

Pakistani children point at a computer screen — showing a screengrab of a press conference attended by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai and streamed live on social media — in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 15, 2019. AFP/Farooq Naeem

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.

"The cat filter was turned on by mistake" Yousafzai said but "let's not take everything so seriously".

Pakistani children point at a computer screen — showing a screengrab of a press conference attended by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai and streamed live on social media — in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 15, 2019. AFP/Farooq Naeem

"I wasn't the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter," he joked.

The livestream continued with the whiskers and ears in place, even after the error was pointed out by users.

A press statement, issued by the PTI social media team said the incident happened because of "human error".

PTI's "social media team is deemed to be the pioneers of Social Media in Pakistan. We not only pride ourselves in bringing Pakistani Politics to internet but also feel content in setting high standards of SOPs and etiquette with the help of our dedicated volunteer based SM force.

Twitter/PTI (@PTIofficial)/Screenshot via Geo.tv

"All necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incidents in future," it added.

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