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Canadian Police Blame ‘Automatic Setting’ For Cat-filtered Facebook Presser on Double Murder

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Sergeant Janelle Shoihet, was seen by Facebook users with whiskers and pink ears superimposed on her face as she briefed media persons about double murders.

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Updated:July 24, 2019, 11:15 AM IST
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Canadian Police Blame ‘Automatic Setting’ For Cat-filtered Facebook Presser on Double Murder
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Police in Canada has apologized for the inadvertent use of a “cat filter” during a live-streamed press conference on a double murder case, blaming an “automatic setting” for the gaffe.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Sergeant Janelle Shoihet, was seen by Facebook users with whiskers and pink ears superimposed on her face as she briefed media persons about the murders of a US woman Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler.

The couple was found dead on a remote highway earlier this week. Several Twitter users posted screenshots of the gaffe on Twitter, slamming the Canadian police for being "insensitive" towards the families of the victims.

After deleting the live-streaming post from its Facebook page, the force later issued an apology and attributed the mistake to “technical difficulties.”

Tweeting about the incident, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said: "Yes we are aware and addressing it as it's an automatic setting. Thank you, we will rectify and issue a video shortly".

But many Twitter users did not buy the explanation, questioning the rationale behind using the cat filter as an automatic setting.

Last month, a Pakistani provincial minister’s press conference turned into a farce when the accidental use of a cat filter gave him feline features.

Shaukat Yousafzai was later quoted as saying that the "mistake" should not be taken "so seriously".

The 'cat filter' is a popular online tool that allows users of social media sites and apps to superimpose feline features on their faces.

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