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Friday 1 September 2023

BBC Trending delves into the so called extremes of social media

Introducing the groundbreaking new series, "Extreme," which boldly delves into the powerful influence of social media on the fringes of the internet, and at times, its permeation into the mainstream.

This gripping series embarks on a profound exploration of the intricate ways in which social media is shaping behavior and beliefs. "Extreme" casts a discerning eye on how individuals are propelled into states of fervor through digital platforms and uncovers the extraordinary lengths to which people around the world will go in their quest to achieve their dreams.

From impassioned convictions encompassing health and science to the contours of political and religious extremities, the show delves into the profound impact of social media on viewpoints and actions. The series also examines the aftermath faced by those who find themselves teetering on the edge of these digital precipices.

In the inaugural episode, Ed Main delves deep into the unsettling world of AI-generated videos depicting heinous acts against children, which have found their way onto platforms like TikTok. Subsequent episodes explore an array of subjects, from germ deniers to individuals breaking free from the manosphere, as well as the insidious operations of people smugglers operating conspicuously on social media channels.

As the series progresses, Marianna Spring endeavors to dissect the underlying causes of frenzied behavior catalyzed by harmful online trends and the complex role of social algorithms in their propagation.

Flora Carmichael, Editor of BBC Trending, states, "Our teams have combed the global digital landscape to uncover the pulse of extreme phenomena on the internet. Our aim is to unravel the connections between social media's extremes and their tangible impact on real-world behavior, often with shocking and, in some cases, catastrophic results."

Gwenan Roberts, BBC World Service Commissioning Editor, adds, "BBC Trending has established itself as a reliable source for guiding listeners through the intricate terrain of social media, providing profound insights into the origins of these online phenomena. With 'Extreme,' the series returns to shed light on the dangers and repercussions of the latest wave of extreme trends."

Prepare to embark on this riveting journey as "BBC Trending: Extreme" premieres on BBC World Service from September 2nd. The series will be available on BBC Sounds and a multitude of podcast platforms, ensuring widespread access to its thought-provoking narratives.

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