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US Secret Service on the hunt for sarcasm-detecting analytics software

The US Secret Service wants social media analytics software that is able to understand tone and recognize sarcasm.

Published Wed, Jun 4 2014 7:47 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

America's Secret Service is on the hunt for software that can differentiate between tone on social media - including registering sarcasm.

US Secret Service on the hunt for sarcasm-detecting analytics software | TweakTown.com

In a work order posted this week, the agency is revealed to be searching for software able to monitor users in real-time, as well as collecting data - including the emotions of web users, and in multiple languages.

The work order claims it's important the software has the "ability to detect sarcasm and false positives."

A spokesperson, Brian Leary, told CBS News that the Secret Service "has had a Twitter account for several years."

"We are trying to procure a tool that can automate the social media monitoring process, synthesizing large sets of social media data," Leary said.

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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