Government press conferences usually don’t go for a lot of laughs and whimsy. They are QUITE SERIOUS. Pakistan is no exception.
However, people around the globe got a giggle when regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai spoke to a room of journalists. The event was streamed via Facebook Live… which has a cat filter… which someone forgot to turn off.
Meaning the minister Yousafzai and his fellow lawmakers had kitty ears, noses and whiskers.
User @Ahsan_H_Durrani brought the mistake to Twitter.
— Ahsan Hamid Durrani (@Ahsan_H_Durrani) June 14, 2019
“So this happened today when PTI’s SM team forgot to turn off the cat filter while live streaming a press conference on Facebook,” he posted. He even said the minister, “looks kinda cute.”
The internet agreed.
Maybe they were trying to spread a paw-sitive image of the KP government?
— Images (@dawn_images) June 15, 2019
The press conference became international news.
Shaukat Yousafzai became international. And so did my tweet, lolhttps://t.co/6LYZElpXjm
— Ahsan Hamid Durrani (@Ahsan_H_Durrani) June 17, 2019
Surely, this press conference was meant to provide important information to the public, but we just can’t ignore how cute these guys are.
You can't beat this! Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt's live presser on Facebook with cat filters.. 😹 pic.twitter.com/xPRBC2CH6y
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) June 14, 2019
Un-fur-tunately, the video was deleted from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party’s Facebook page, but we will always have the tweets.
According to the BBC, when asked about the feline appearance of the participants by an AFP journalist, Yousafzai said,”I wasn’t the only one – two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter.” He also said the filter was left on because of “human error,” and steps have been taken so that this never happens again.
Awww. Why? Twitter loved it!
— sɔᴉɯɐuʎpoɯʎɐɹ (@soul_sucker) June 14, 2019
From this point forward, we demand all government press conferences to be live streamed with the cat filter ON.