Secret Service Attempting to Detect Social Media Sarcasm. Greeat. (Market Watch)

Cyber securityThe Secret Service has America’s safety in mind, but sometimes isn’t sure how to take a joke. In 2012, an Irish man was taken into custody at LAX because of a tweet that said he was going to “destroy America” — which he meant as slang for crazy partying. So, the Secret Service is searching for software that would not only discern sarcastic comments from real threats, but would eventually be able to automate social media monitoring. In the meantime, Twitter users are providing lots of testing material with sarcastic comments about the project.

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