Like an episode of Black Mirror, Canadian police live-streamed a press conference on Facebook about a double homicide using a filter that made an officer appear to be a feline/homo sapiens hybrid.
A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of British Columbia apologised for the "technical difficulties", and explained that an "automatic setting" on Facebook Live had been switched on.
A reporter used Twitter to alert the police about the cat filter:
The press conference addressed the apparent double murder of American Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, who was visiting her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, in Canada for vacation. Their bodies were found July 15 on a remote motorway in British Columbia.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact them.
The cat filter blunder was particularly painful given the nature of the tragedy addressed in the press conference. However, such an error has happened before. In June, a regional minister in northwest Pakistan made a similar cat filter error during a Facebook press conference.
- This article first appeared on HuffPost