Celebrity gossip website TMZ has denied reports that it applied for its very own private drone, according to Gakwer.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been flooded with private drone applications from various businesses and institutions. A recent report suggested the aforementioned gossip site was also in the market for a drone of its very own. However, the website has since denied these allegations.
“TMZ is NOT getting in the DRONE business,” TMZ said in a recent article. “We don’t have a drone; we don’t want a drone; we never applied for a drone; despite a bogus report to the contrary. Truth is, while drones are, in fact, awesome, it just ain’t true.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the government’s decision to allow private drones for domestic use has prompted a number of groups to request applications for such technology.
“The Federal Aviation Administration has been flooded with applications from police departments, universities, private corporations and even the celebrity gossip site TMZ, all seeking to use drones that range from devices the size of a hummingbird to full-size aircraft like those used by the U.S. military to target al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and elsewhere,” Gary Martin and Viveca Novak wrote in their article.
Although Martin and Novak seem convinced that TMZ is looking to acquire a private drone, apparently this isn’t the case. Celebrities throughout California are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief right now. Of course, the website’s stance on drones could change at any second.
The very idea of a celebrity gossip website owning and operating drones is enough to make more than a few people nervous. Should electronic paparazzi start taking pictures of people from the skies, the backlash against the operators of these devices would be legendary.
“Today, TMZ is looking to buy a drone. Tomorrow, they will purchase an army of robot spiders,” New York Daily News opinion editor Josh Greenman recently tweeted.
Do you think TMZ should be able to own and operate private drones?