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By Hawaiian Telcom on Friday, August 15, 2014 11:27:59 AM

This article was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on July 15, 2014 

When news broke in late June about Facebook running unsanctioned psychological experiments on their user population in the name of science, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative. The truth is that Facebook experiments on its user base quite frequently, and probably constantly. Facebook isn't alone here: Other social media sites conduct research on their users or allow third parties (like the government) to conduct their own. What can we learn from the revelations about these activities?