Local reporter's blunder captured on livestream: 'Did I have a weird face?'

Alex Lasker
In The Know

A local journalist treated viewers to an accidentally delightful report after unwittingly switching on selfie filters during a recent livsetream.

Justin Hinton, a reporter for Western North Carolina’s WLOS, was attempting to share a live weather forecast on the station’s Facebook page when he accidentally turned on the feature, which adds comedic effects to whoever is on camera.

“Coming to you live from a snowy Madison County, a lot of snow has certainly fallen,” a clueless Hinton says as Facebook filters turn him into a gold medalist, a weight lifter, a wolf, a googly-eyed man and an astronaut, among even more ridiculous getups.

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After viewers began commenting on the Facebook video, Hinton noticed that there may have been something amiss during the broadcast.

“Wait, Misty, did I have a weird face?” he can be heard asking a coworker, before noting, “Oh, there are special effects on the phone.”

“We weren’t trying to!” he added.

Hinton later took to his own fan page to explain what happened after the initial video went viral with over 600,000 views.

“Right before going live on Facebook on the WLOS ABC 13 station account to talk about snow, I somehow activated a filter generator,” he wrote. “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,” he continued.

Ultimately, Hinton said he found the whole situation comical — as did his managers at WLOS, thankfully.

“My bosses, coworkers, friends, (Public information officers) 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!”

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