What’s really funny is that totalitarian regimes used to have to terrorize people into informing against their friends, relatives and even themselves. But terror is no longer needed. People eagerly inform on everybody around them and especially on themselves in the ridiculous hope if getting noticed online. Nobody is doing this out of malice or fear. It’s all about the need to be noticed, to create a certain image of oneself.
Somebody should have told Stalin and Mao that they wasted their time trying to coerce people into giving up information. There is an easier and cheaper method.