Television Reporter Accidentally Puts on Facebook Filters During a Serious Session
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Television Reporter Accidentally Puts on Facebook Filters During a Serious Session

Justin Hinton, a television reporter for WLOS ABC 13, did not realize he was using Facebook filters during a Facebook Live session.

Funny filters on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are what most of us love having fun with. Recently, a North Carolina Television reporter Justin Hinton unknowingly did an entire report about the first ‘legitimate’ snowfall in Madison County. He was doing a Facebook live video for WLOS ABC 13 from the station’s Facebook page when this interesting incident occurred. Justin Hinton did not realize that he had turned the Mystery Mask filter on. It was only after reporting for one minute that Hinton realized the comic situation.

While Justin Huntin was reporting, funny wizard beard, silly googly eyes, and cuddly animal ears appeared on his face. The viewers were amused to see the Emmy Award-winning journalist with a purple moustache, a space-age helmet, and 50 lb. dumbbells flashing briefly on the screen.

Justin Huntin was reporting seriously and straight-faced about the snowfall discussing the school closing and Governor Cooper’s message for people to be careful when the filter did its job.

Justin Huntin first appeared to be a triumphant Olympic gold medallist with a medal in his neck and a golden sweatband on his head. Next came a man pumping in the gym with 50lb dumbbells curling in front of him. Hat sunglasses, spacey robot helmet, werewolf features, and a purple moustache followed shortly. What amused viewers the most were enormous eyes covering Justin Hintpn’s own eyes as he urged the viewers to be careful on roads.

It was only after wrapping up the video when Hinton looked at his phone and came across the comments coming from the viewers who had watched him live and had questions about the funny faces.

Hinton asked someone around if he looked weird only to realize later that there were special effects on the phone. He took the situation in good humour instead of getting embarrassed.  According to Justin Huntin, he was excited to look back at the video. Since the blooper video has 180,000 views already, WLOS ABC 13 has decided to keep it up online. He said, ‘'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!' Great spirit, Huntin!

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By Saadia Ahmed
Saadia Ahmed is a Bollywood and cheesecake fanatic with no obvious interest in space travel. She tweets @khwamkhwah day in and out

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