In the UK, as well as in US, CHAOS Rules ‽ . *
And why bother? With only a handful of companies owning all of the media networks, it would be fairly easy to subvert the information sources without alerting the public, branding any remaining sources of dissent as fake news.
Of course I speak hypothetically here, and certainly do not suggest that this has already happened. .... tekHedd
I would certainly suggest such has been happening since as long as anyone can remember, tekHedd, and bumbling governments are well aware of it too and would even try to make full use of it to realise their own politically inept ends. Controlling it though is not within their ken or reach, nor are they able to command it to lead an ignorant undereducated electorate en masse in any particular favourite direction, although they sure do try. Nowadays though, all former bets are off, null and void, for the internet has opened up a massive number of cans of worms and Remote Access Trojans and bugs and daemons for human consumption and perception management which are a whole new world of pain and phenomenal gain to do battle with.
Here is decade old UK government read on such a matter ..... MINDSPACE Influencing behaviour through public policy ...... a Cabinet Office/Institute for Government publication/discussion document ..... https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/MINDSPACE.pdf
* .... Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems Rule is a very simple complicating question to ask yourself. What would you be most worried about if the correct answer terrified you? CHAOS might like to know lest Madness and Mayhem venture forth down a branch exploring another route and root requiring media attention or censure.
Ps ..... Is the East significantly better than the West at effectively dealing with both the problems and opportunities Virtually Advanced IntelAIgent Operating Systems present and enable them to operate in Real Physical World Scenarios and Live Operational Virtual Environments alike?