News Reporter Facebook Filter
Photo credit: Justin Hinton
It’s common practice for reporters to use social media to broadcast live nowadays, but sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Asheville television reporter Justin Hinton, who reports for WLOS, accidentally activated Facebook’s “Mystery Mask” filter generator during his live stream while covering the snowfall last week, and hilarity ensued. Read more for the video and additional information.

The filters immediately began adding dumbbells, hats, helmets, sunglasses and even a wizards’ beard during the live broadcast. Fortunately (or unfortunately), his photographer warned him that the camera was doing something weird, but he shrugged it off initially and continued anyway.

When you’re trying to do a serious Facebook Live about the weather and you accidentally tap the Mystery Mask filter. Poor Justin Hinton,” said a WLOS ABC 13 representive on Facebook.