Watch | People fake their way to insta-fame in new HBO doc ‘Fake Famous’

Fake Famous

HBO‘s upcoming documentary Fake Famous explores the meaning of fame and influence in the digital age through an innovative social experiment. The film follows an actress, fashion designer and real estate assistant who attempt to become social media influencers by purchasing fake followers and bots to boost their popularity.

First-time director and veteran journalist Nick Bilton and his team kick off the experiment with a casting call in Los Angeles. The young trio he selects — aspiring actress Dominique, fashion designer Chris and real estate assistant Wylie — in return have wildly different experiences as their fake followers grow by the thousands each day.

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Peeling back the layers to reveal what’s really happening behind the scenes of influencer fame, the film highlights our obsession with the number of likes, followers, and favorites we get and how most of our online world is more fabricated than we realize.

Fake Famous aired on HBO on February 2, 2021. Watch the trailer below and find more trending content, right here.

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