Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sarcasm can get you into trouble... among other things.

I knew there was  a good reason for my not joining the Facebook millions/billions (?) or any other social media!!!!!!

Secret Service wants software that detects sarcasm on social media. (Yeah, good luck.)


The Secret Service is looking to buy software that can spot sarcasm on social media.
Yeah, good luck with that.
The agency wants to buy software that, among other things, has the ability to “detect sarcasm” and language that may mean something different than it appears on first glance.
Government agencies and corporations have long used social media to try to influence the public and get their messages out, while law enforcement agencies increasingly monitor such sites for signs of trouble.
But getting a computer to detect sarcasm and its linguistic complexities can be difficult — and some experts worry at the prospect of attempts to parse speech by a government agency that has the power to arrest people for posting alleged threats online.