The agency advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities website, saying the device needs to accurately analyse social media data so it can detect potential threats to national security.
A spokesman for the service said they were using the
The Secret Service is also seeking software that can complete very succinct tasks within massive sets of continuously flowing social media data, such as locating users and detecting sarcasm.
"Ability to detect sarcasm and false positives," reads the request.
"The Secret Service has had a Twitter account for several years. We are trying to procure a tool that can automate the social media monitoring process; synthesizing large sets of social media data," spokesman
"This is real-time stream analysis. The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at."
"Our objective is to automate our social media monitoring process. Twitter is what we analyze. This is real time stream analysis. The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at. We are looking for the ability to quantify our social media outreach," he told
Tech experts note that anti-snarky software is not currently available.
"We are not currently aware of any automated technology that could do that (detect sarcasm). No one is considered a leader in that,"
The agency's move has been criticised by the twitterati.
Dennis @dennisthecynic wrote:"The Secret Service is going to use software to determine sarcasm on social media. In other news, I quit twitter."
More than 110,000 people follow the agency's @secretservice Twitter handle, which it has used to relay news and post job openings. In 2011, the agency was forced to apologize after an employee accidentally tweeted out an insult to the
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