Video of Turkish villager who sees drone for first time goes viral, triggers controversy

Video of Turkish villager who sees drone for first time goes viral, triggers controversy

ISTANBUL
Video of Turkish villager who sees drone for first time goes viral, triggers controversy

Footage showing a Turkish villager reacting to a buzzing drone has become one of the most popular videos on social media this week, while triggering public outcry over privacy. 

Drone operator Muhammed Kalmaoğlu recorded the footage in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak’s Devrek district, according to local media reports.

The unidentified shepherd is first seen in the video pelting the drone with stones and then running away. Several leading Turkish media outlets have claimed it was the first time the villager had seen a drone.

The footage has been watched millions of times on social media since it was picked up by national outlets on Aug. 24.

While some commentators have lashed out at the drone operator for violating the privacy of the villager, others have claimed it had been recorded in public space and the man is unrecognizable due to low resolution and the distance of the camera.

Drones, social media, Video