The tech giant was last week granted a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be guided by likes, retweets and replies, and may also have telepresence and live video interview capabilities, media reports stated on Monday.

Although Twitter did not provide any information on the rollout plans for the device, a company spokesman would only say 'Two words: Drone selfies' while describing the new technology, according to reports.

Earlier this year, Twitter launched its live-streaming app Periscope. It is now seen as a possibility that the company may use the app in tandem with drones to capture and broadcast events with Periscope users controlling the process.

The drone patent comes at a time when Twitter shares have recorded a sharp decline amid concerns about user growth and monetisation.