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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark 213

beschra (1424727) writes "From the article: 'The U.S. Secret Service is seeking software that can identify top influencers and trending sets of social media data, allowing the agency to monitor these streams in real-time — and sift through the sarcasm. "We are not currently aware of any automated technology that could do that (detect sarcasm). No one is considered a leader in that,'" Jamie Martin, a data acquisition engineer at Sioux Falls, SD based Bright Planet, told CBS News.'

Why not just force Twitter to change TOS to require sarcasm tag?"
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

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  • but.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @12:48PM (#47165331)

    They hunted till darkness came on, but they found
    Not a button, or feather, or mark,
    By which they could tell that they stood on the ground
    Where the Baker had met with the Snark.

    In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
    In the midst of his laughter and glee,
    He had softly and suddenly vanished away—
    For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

  • by Comboman ( 895500 ) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @01:45PM (#47165903)

    Nobody seems to be asking WHY.

    Why would the Secret Service, in particular, want to tell sarcasm apart from other speech? Think about who they are.

    They want to be able to distinguish sarcastic political speech, from sincere political speech. Of course both are protected speech.

    Now, they might have a benign purpose, but from the description in TFA it doesn't seem so. After all, the administration would look pretty foolish if they tried to harass or jail someone for being sarcastic.

    The reason the Secret Service wants sarcasm detection is because of the bad PR they get every time they harass someone for being sarcastic. [] The problem is not sarcastic political speech vs sincere political speech; it's sarcastic threats vs sincere threats.

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson