Be Sure to Turn Off Face Filters Before Streaming the News


One weatherman in the US state of North Carolina was simply trying to deliver the weather but he gave viewers on Facebook so much more.

landscape photography of snow pathway between trees during
Photo by Simon Matzinger from Pexels.

That’s because he forgot to turn off the “Mystery Mask” feature which puts random masks on the faces of people featured in the video stream.

So now WLOS ABC 13 weatherman Justin Hinton is a viral sensation and all thanks to something he probably didn’t even think to turn off.

WLOS ABC 13 took it all in stride, commenting “When you’re trying to do a serious Facebook Live about the weather and you accidentally tap the Mystery Mask filter. Poor Justin Hinton.”

And the reporter himself even made light of the situation, tweeting, “The feeling when you realize everyone at work was watching your FB live and you had no idea a random filter generator was turned on.”

It’s a story most of us can relate to in one way or the other.

He went on to explain what happened with the Facebook broadcast, writing:

“Right before going live on Facebook on the WLOS ABC 13 station account to talk about snow, I somehow activated a filter generator. The photog I was working with said something about the screen having weird faces. He didn’t elaborate, so I said it would probably go away. Needless to say, it did not go away. I didn’t realize it until I stepped off-camera and saw the comments where people were talking about the faces. My bosses, coworkers, friends, PIOs and more called/texted saying how funny it was, so here you go. If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of laughter? I hope you enjoyed the snow day, and remember to smile and laugh!”

You can check out the video for yourself by clicking here.

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