Why is Facebook planning to launch HUGE drones?

It tracks your every move, sells your data and manipulates what you see. But Facebook is about to get a whole lot creepier with its plan to develop a fleet of giant drones.

The unmanned aircraft, which would be roughly the size of a commercial aircraft like a Boeing 747, would stay up in the air for months or even years, acting as connectivity hubs for areas with no internet connection.

Yael Maguire, Facebook’s engineering director, said “In order for us to fly these planes we actually have to fly above the weather, above all airspace. That’s between 60,000 and 90,000 feet. Routinely, planes don’t fly there, and certainly not drones.”

Facebook’s lab is already developing the drones, which it thinks will be solar powered in order to stay in the air for long periods of time.

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