Footage of a Turkish villager reacting to a buzzing drone has been making the rounds across social media this week, generating a variety of responses.
Drone operator Muhammed Kalmaoğlu recorded the footage in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak’s Devrek district, according to local media reports. While the video has been uploaded under the title “Turkish villager sees drone for the first time,” the actual content shows something less innocuous.
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Upon spotting the drone, the unidentified shepherd reacts by throwing stones at the drone and then running away. However, Kalmaoğlu continued to manoeuvre the drone back and forth at the villager, who was evidently distressed by its presence.
Some commenters have criticised Kalmaoğlu for violating the peace and privacy of the villager, while others have praised it for being funny while claiming that its public recording means it was not unethical.
Several leading Turkish media outlets have claimed it was the first time the villager had seen a drone. While that may be true, the situation demands that we consider the need for policies that regulate drone usage that have the capacity to frighten and unsettle civilians by intruding on their personal spaces without consent, whether private or public.