‘GMA’ takes a first look at docuseries ‘The Age of Influence’

The series explores the dark side of influencer culture and social media scandals.
2:16 | 06/03/23

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Transcript for ‘GMA’ takes a first look at docuseries ‘The Age of Influence’
- To a GMA first look. It's called the Age of Influence. It's a new docuseries from our teammates at ABC News Studios, and it examines the dark side of influencer culture and some of the most infamous social media scandals, including that terrifying tale of the mother behind a once-popular popular YouTube series. Take a look. [MUSIC PLAYING] Fantastic Adventures was a successful YouTube channel. It was massive. They had nearly a million subscribers and hundreds of millions of views on these videos. When reporting this story, I talked to a lot of neighbors, people in Michelle's orbit, and the prevailing sense I got was that Michelle was very secretive. [MUSIC PLAYING] They kind of thought, well, we knew there were kids in this house, but we never saw them out riding bikes. We never saw them going to the park. We didn't hear playing in the pool much. We do not know what went on a daily, hourly basis, but it's pretty clear YouTube was a almost full-time job. They were making a living off Fantastic Adventures. [MUSIC PLAYING] These kids were pulled from school so they could act 24/7. [MUSIC PLAYING] The parent has a lot of power there. - Once they were pulled out of school, once she could really focus her efforts into generating content, that's when the YouTube channel really started to rise to prominence. [MUSIC PLAYING] Social media, Facebook, anything like that. New technology, new freedoms inherently come with new risks and new problems that we didn't anticipate. On YouTube, there are those people that are really just documenting their everyday family life. [MUSIC PLAYING] When done right, that's a great thing to do. When done wrong, you get Michelle Hobson. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Wow. And the Age of Influence begins streaming this Monday, June 5 only on Hulu. - I'm hooked. - Yeah. - Yeah. - Intrigued. - Yeah. - Compelled. - I don't have anything to add.

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