The U.S. Secret Service is seeking software capable of identifying influencers on social media sites responsible for setting trends. The agency wants to be able to watch continuously flowing social media data in real time by collecting emotions of Internet users, old Twitter messages and more. The agency hopes to acquire software sophisticated enough to detect sarcasm, or false positives, but also to quantity their social media outreach. In the event of this acquisition, the communications of innocent Americans are expected to be vacuumed up, further violating privacy and lumping those not accused of crimes with potential terrorists.
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