HBO documentary turns 3 unknowns into Instagram stars

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HBO documentary turns 3 unknowns into Instagram stars


Not everything on social media is as it seems, and a new documentary attempts to show how easily an online personality can catapult to Instagram fame.

“Fake Famous” is by writer, director and producer Nick Bilton, a former technology reporter for the New York Times and correspondent for Vanity Fair. He attempts to show the “vast unintended consequences to these (social media) platforms” by giving three everyday people in Los Angeles exactly what they want: thousands of Instagram followers.

“We want to do an experiment to see if we can take some random people with a tiny following online and make them into famous influencers,” Bilton says in the film.

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