My answer to Why does the U.S. have a culture of manipulating US media to badmouth other countries in the world?
Answer by Ken Larson:
What you are questioning is a world wide phenomenon brought about by high technology and social networking. It has placed unbelievable power in individual tweets, from the President Elect of the US to ISIS.
It is not unique to the United States and has defied regulatory, governing and stultifying attempts by any and all countries who have attempted to control it.
It is the new “Wild West” and we are just beginning to explore it and the technology that supports it, along with the unintended consequences.