The following story will move Saturday as this week’s Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
US MIDTERMS-BOTS OR HUMAN?
Nina Tomasieski logs on to Twitter before the sun rises. The 70-year-old grandmother will spend up to 14 hours a day there, tweeting the praises of President Trump and his political allies, particularly those on the ballot this fall, and deriding those who oppose them. What she’s not is a bot, Russian or otherwise. Yet Twitter and websites created to root out the type of automated, or robot-like, accounts that Russia used to disrupt the 2016 presidential election have repeatedly flagged Tomasieski and users like her as suspected bots. By Sara Burnett. 800 words, photos by 1 p.m.