May 20, 2022

Report: “People are Using Facebook and Instagram as Search Engines. During a Pandemic, That’s Dangerous.”

From FirstNote (via Nieman Lab):

If we are to respond to information needs as they emerge, and understand whether they are causing harm, we need a way to monitor them.


First Draft spent recent months building a dashboard to monitor data voids in partnership with the University of Sheffield, looking to find a way to identify where the demand for credible information far outstrips the supply. The results of that research will be published soon, but more urgent is fully understanding the threat these data voids pose to our recovery from the pandemic.

Read the Complete Article (approx. 1600 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.