Knowledge and Resource Hub
25 November 2019

Social media mob: Being Indigenous online

This report examines Indigenous Australians’ use of social media in relation to Indigenous identities, online communities, practising culture, racism and violence, help-seeking, and political activism. Recent research suggests that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have always been early adopters of technology and use social media at rates higher than non-Indigenous Australians, with more than 60 per cent of Indigenous people in ‘remote’ communities being active social media users.  It is clear that Indigenous social media users convey their identities in myriad ways even though some are sceptical that something as complex as cultural identity can be expressed in a meaningful way online and more than half of the study's participants reported they had been selective with what they had posted online out of fear that others may respond negatively, or even violently.