FBI’s Twitter slang book goes public

Jun 17, 2014
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FBI’s Twitter slang book goes public

The FBI, much like your grandma, wants to know what the kids are talking about on Twitter, and the myriad of abbreviations used can make that a bit difficult at times. To make sure everyone's on the same page, it crafted a Twitter slang book, which has now been made public.

Officially called the Twitter Shorthand guide, the document nears the hundred-page mark, and features 2800 entries covering Twitter slang ranging from common to I-didn't-know-that-was-a-thing. According to the document itself, it serves a solid purpose:

"With the advent of Twitter and other social media on the Internet, the use of shorthand and acronyms has exploded." Agents tasked with shifting through tweets will be able to use the reference for doing their work or, as it says, "for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren."

The guide book was made public following a Freedom of Information Request submitted by the site MuckRock. According to MuckRock, it requested documents that aid in understanding "leetspeak," which lead to the Twitter slang guide book.

SOURCE: The Daily Dot


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