Toxicity and hatred on social media is no new thing, and in the recent days, they have increased phenomenally. Actor Shilpa Shetty shared a note on Instagram regarding this, and asked users to make the place a positive one.

Sharing a photo of a half-eaten apple which seem to be full in its mirror reflection, Shilpa wrote, “There’s so much on social media that is shared purely as a façade to cover the lives we lead. The hardships, the struggles, the low days, the heartbreaks, insecurities, and so much more are easily concealed behind a mask of filters… one that we’ve been wearing since time immemorial. Always remember, like we don’t put our difficulties on display on social media, neither do other people. Nobody’s life is perfect. Most are dealing with their own issues..”

She urged fans to stay strong. “So, don’t let social media trick you into believing all that you see, and don’t allow it to play with your mind & emotions. Life isn’t a bed of roses for any of us, but we’re all in this together. Let’s try & make this medium a positive one with constructive criticism and care, to make us a healthier community, less negative & more positive ‘grams’ on this ‘gram’. Stay strong, my instafam, let’s make a happy & healthy community, and reassure ourselves that… This too shall pass. SwasthRaho, Mast Raho! #MondayMotivation #SwasthRahoMastRaho #mentalhealth #happiness #mask #facade.”

Over the past month, actors and filmmakers have been subject to online hate and abuse following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Recently, the Mumbai Police booked two users who threatened actor Rhea Chakraborty with rape and murder on Instagram. Several other actors including Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor and others have started a campaign to stop online hate.

Shilpa Shetty has tried to maintain positivity in the past few months, and shared funny videos, recipes and workout tutorials to keep fans entertained.