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Louis Theroux Is Back With A New Series Looking At The Darker Side Of Social Media

Claire Reid

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Louis Theroux Is Back With A New Series Looking At The Darker Side Of Social Media

Louis Theroux is set to return to our screens with a brand new documentary series entitled Forbidden America.

The three-parter centres around social media and will feature episodes about far-right groups, adult entertainers and feuding rappers.

The 'provoking' series will also explore how some online platforms have allowed 'dangerous, extreme, or morally questionable' people to thrive.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The first episode will see Theroux meet up with 'young and highly inflammatory' people from the far right, including some who hit headlines after joining in the Capitol Hill riots earlier this year.

In the second episode, Theroux will speak to rappers and hip hop artists about the '24-hour connectivity of social media' including online feuds and their sometimes desperate attempts to promote their music,

The third episode takes a look at the porn industry, as well as the rise of sites such as OnlyFans. Theroux will also speak with people who have been accused of predatory behaviour online, as well as those who have accused them.

Announcing the new series, Theroux said: "The world has gone through massive changes in the last few years, in particular from the effects of social media.

"This new series looks at the way those changes have affected people in America who are in different ways involved in dangerous, extreme, or morally questionable lifestyles.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"Far-right groups that have found new influence through gaming and streaming services.

"Porn performers who have seen power shift to them as they've embraced creator-controlled apps and called out alleged predators in the industry.

"And in the rap world, young men with big dreams caught up in feuds and high-risk behaviour in the click-driven world of social media.

"These three documentaries were tough to make. They required delicate access conversations. They feature scenes and confrontations that are shocking and upsetting.

"But they are also powerful depictions of a world that has become strange in ways we could never have imagined just 10 years ago.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"They show the dangers of the technotopia we all now inhabit, where extremist content can be piped directly into the phones and laptops of millions of children.

"But they also illustrate some of the positive opportunities the new world has created by disrupting old hierarchies of power.

"I'm very proud of all three programmes and hope viewers will find them as thought-provoking to watch as I did making them."

As yet, Forbidden America does not have a release date.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, louis theroux, UK Entertainment

Claire Reid
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