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Canadian police livestreams press conference on homicide with 'cat filter'

  • Published at 12:22 pm July 22nd, 2019
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Screenshot from the livestreamed press conference

The stream went viral on social media

Canada's national police force, while live streaming a press conference on a double homicide, added an animated "cat filter" to the presiding officer.

The footage, streamed on Friday, went viral on social media, reports Time magazine.

In the briefing, the police were updating the press on the deaths of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend, whose bodies were found along a remote highway in British Columbia.

The Canadian national police later clarified on Twitter that the use of the filter was unintentional, saying: “We are aware and addressing it, as it’s an automatic setting.”

Afterwards, they posted an updated video without the cat filter.

Facebook's video engine has built in filters capable of distorting or changing the video's subject, one of which the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of British Columbia mistakenly used on Sgt Janelle Shoihet, portraying her with whiskers and cat ears.

Earlier, a similar blunder occurred during a live stream in northwest Pakistan, when a regional prime minister, Shaukat Yousafzai, appeared on a virtual version of a press conference for local constituents in June with the same Facebook cat filter.