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Alleged drone ‘Peeping Tom’ photo reveals perils of drone related journalism | Forbes

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15 July 2014



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Last month a Seattle woman said that a drone made her nervous because it was flying outside of her window.  Early media reports called the device a flying “Peeping Tom.”  Soon afterwards, national reports exploded with more than one hundred stories, focused mostly on the news media’s construction of a privacy violation.  Now, the photograph of the flight has been provided to Forbes, and it shows that the company flying the drone was merely making a panoramic photograph of the city skyline.  The arc of this story — a buzzworthy first report, that later ends up being false— is emblematic of many drone related stories which threaten to jeopardize the nascent industry.

 

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