The discovery was highlighted in an article written by the Chicago Tribune's own Deputy Editor for Digital News, Kurt Gessler, who noted that a curious thing happened back in December when Facebook first changed up its algorithms to target fake news, namely their traffic crashed. Per the chart below, the typical Tribune post went from attracting the interest of 30-35k people down to 15-20k people in a matter of months.
Facebook engineers discovered a recursive bug activated by a notrious blogger of fake news, Better Economics. The fake stories referenced the Google fake news site, which then flagged Facebook as fake, resulting a recursive battle that blocked the links to the Tribune.
Ha, I knew some hacker would crack this case, these boneheads are not where for the sandbox when we can buy and sell fake news with ease.