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 B.C. RCMP are giving a press conference on the two people murdered on the Alaska Highway, and they have the cat ear filter on. pic.twitter.com/j8GvkvKA4u— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) 19 July 2019
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.
Yes we are aware and addressing it as it's an automatic setting. Thank you, we will rectify and issue a video shortly.— BCRCMP (@BCRCMP) 19 July 2019
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.