I love to imagine them having to both deal with being laughed at for their ridiculous stories and somehow help their friends recover from the mild derangement and paranoia that would surely ensue after a quick visit to technological tickle hell, all while knowing that just talking about it out loud might mean they're next in the list.
But I'm picturing a government that's less 'let's pretend we're not fascist' and more 'you better pretend you don't notice how fucked up we are, or you're next', using their high tech tickling gadgets to mercilessly supress any perceived opossition in broad daylight, throwing political dissidents and other dangerous thinkers in 'reeducation camps' (read, tickle torture facilities), proudly announcing the results of their peaceful methods along with footage of their captives that shows how hellishly intense those things can tickle as a thinly veiled threat for everyone to keep in line, or else...
After all, it's just tickling, they're actually being nice with all those 'freethinkers'. What do you mean having them pressed hard against your feet and armpits for hours is about to make you go crazy? You're laughing, so it can't be that bad. You disagree? How dangerous, a few more weeks of reeducation are probably needed before they let you out into society again. The choice is always yours in the end: continue to stick by your so called 'values' and 'ideals' and live the rest of your life in e̶n̶d̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶t̶i̶c̶k̶l̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶a̶g̶o̶n̶y̶ blissful assisted mirth, or s̶u̶b̶m̶i̶t̶ change your wicked ways, and they might just set you free after they deem your dangerous ideas no longer represent a threat to their utopia, mayhaps as a result of your tickling-related mental breakdown that's left you empty of pretty much any ideas at all.
It's a victory for them in the end, no matter the outcome.
Kek, and I guess you already answered my question.