Pakistani politician accidentally streamed at press conference with cat filter

A Pakistani politician says human error is behind a Facebook Live broadcast that showed him with cat ears and whiskers.

Shaukat Yousafzai, who at one point served as a health minister of one of Pakistan's provinces, was shown with cat ears and whiskers during a briefing to journalists last Friday, the BBC reports.

Facebook users watching the video quickly noticed the gaffe and screenshots of Yousafzai's feline features spread on social media.

A man with drawn on whiskers.
Yousafzai as a cat. Photo credit: Facebook/PTI

The politician said it was a mistake that shouldn't be taken too seriously.

"I wasn't the only one - two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter," Yousafzai told AFP news agency.

Video of the press conference has been deleted, but screenshots remain on social media, along with jokes from people who posted them.

"According to KP government’s social media team we now have a cat in the cabinet," wrote Pakistani journalist Mansoor Ali Khan.

"PTI's SM team forgot to turn off the cat filter while live streaming a press conference on Facebook. [Yousafzai] looks kinda cute," wrote researcher Ahsan Durrani.

Yousafzai's party, PTI, has since said in a statement the incident happened because of "human error", AFP news reports.

It said steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again.


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