Secret Service Wants To Find Sarcasm On Twitter

The US Secret Service is trying to develop a tool that will determine whether or not a post on social media is meant as sarcasm or if it is a legitimate post. A work order has been posted on a government websites that calls for a tool with the "ability to detect sarcasm and false positives."

Even though this sort of software sounds silly and the Secret Service's work order is strange, there are legitimate reasons for an agency like the Secret Service to know if a post is sarcasm. If someone hops on Twitter and posts something that could be taken as a threat against the President, it might be worth knowing if the person is joking or not.