(CBS SF) — If you think you have a hard time detecting sarcasm online, try being a U.S. Secret Service agent.
The agency, responsible for protecting government leaders, the nation’s financial infrastructure and national security via electronic threats, is looking to invest in software that can help them differentiate humor from hazard.
According to a Nextgov report, the Secret Service said it’s looking for a vendor to build them software that can collect information from public social media posts ranging from “emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages.”
The Secret Service wants their social media analytics tool to be able to synthesize large sets of data, identify patterns and visually present complex data with heat maps.
Specifically, they’re looking for software capabilities that include “sentiment analysis,” “influencer identification,” and “ability to detect sarcasm.”
The latter could prevent future “misunderstandings” between social media users who post flagrant comments in…
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