'We have a serious problem': Selena Gomez shares private message to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Selena Gomez has shared a screenshot of a private message written to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, urging them to take action against groups spreading hate speech and misinformation. 

The 'Ice Cream' singer, who has over 77 million Facebook followers and 193 million on Facebook-owned Instagram, bluntly began the message: "Mark and Sheryl," before telling the Facebook executives: "We have a serious problem." 

"Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry," Gomez wrote. 

"I am calling on you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it." 

'We have a serious problem': Selena Gomez shares private message to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
Photo credit: Instagram/Selena Gomez

The 28-year-old pop star and actor highlighted the fact that the United States is in an election year, adding: "We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting. There has to be fact-checking and accountability." 

Gomez signed off the note: "Hope to hear back from you ASAP", but neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg appear to have publicly responded. 

The former Disney star's correspondence comes after fellow celebrities Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and more temporarily froze their social media accounts in a mass boycott of Facebook with the hashtag #StopHateForProfit.