Secret Service seek sarcasm-detecting software

Really? This must be a joke. But I guess no more than the joke we have occupying the White House.
Check it out:

Oh yeah, this sounds like a great idea.

According to a work order posted online Monday, the Secret Service is looking to purchase software that will detect sarcasm on social media, among other things. (Via Federal Business Opportunities)

As you can probably imagine, this brought out every headline writer’s best material. Great job, guys.

While this might sound like a joke, we can assure you it’s not. These guys don’t exactly look like the joking type now, do they? (Via Flickr / Chuck Patch)

The Washington Post spoke with ​a Secret Service spokesperson who said the agency currently uses FEMA Twitter analytics, but wants to create its own.

“Our objective is to automate our social media monitoring process. … The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at. … We aren’t looking solely to detect sarcasm.”


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