Talk about a cat-astrophe! The Pakistani Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai faced quite the online ribbing late last week after his social media team inadvertently turned on the "cat filter" during a Facebook livestream of a press briefing.
It didn't take long for commentators to pounce on the error, with plenty of pictures appearing online before the original video was hastily deleted.
"Shaukat Yousafzai looks like a cat -- Meow meow meow," one user said.
"Yesterday, while covering a press briefing held by KP's Information Minister Shoukat Yousf Zai, a 'cat filter' was witnessed by the viewers which was removed within a few minutes," the party admitted in a "clarification" issued on Twitter.
So Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province government forgot to turn off cat filters when live streaming their press conference and this is giving me life pic.twitter.com/g5Wwvv9978— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) June 15, 2019
The party went on to add that their "social media team is deemed to be the pioneers of Social Media in Pakistan. We ... pride ourselves in bringing Pakistani politics to (the) internet."
Fair enough—after all, does anything go over better online than adorable cat pics?
The party "probed the matter first hand" and discovered that human error was to blame, they said, adding that "all necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future."
We're assuming this means that rumors regarding a feline plan to take over the world shouldn't be believed…at least for right meow.
The provincial government of Pakistan's #KhyberPakhtunkhwa— Daniel Holland (@DannyDutch) June 17, 2019
accidentally turned on a cat filter during a Facebook Live press conference.
My favourite quote; 'people started messaging the page admin to disable the filter as the politician had turned into a cat.' pic.twitter.com/kWuQAvHp8J
Yousafzai also seemed to take the matter a little less seriously.
"I wasn't the only one -- two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter," he joked to Agence France-Presse.
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