Ridley, who starred as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was accused of hypocrisy due to the violence in the Star Wars film.
The 24-year-old created the post following the Teen Choice Awards 2016 on Sunday, after the audience was introduced to Alton Sterling’s son Cameron and victims from the Orlando, Newtown and San Bernardino shootings.
After Ridley erased her Instagram account, she reactivated it momentarily, according to The Nerdy Bird, to post a statement; she wrote: “I just wanted to be on my phone less!”
The British-born actress added that she’s, “trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions.”
Ridley was criticized on the Facebook post, but many of her fans were praising her words and asking her to reactivate her Instagram account so that the “haters” didn’t win.
The actress is not the first celebrity to take a break from social media due to negativity.
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones had dozens of racial slurs hurled at her on Twitter around the time the new film came out. Jones shared screenshots of some of the tweets and encouraged her followers to report the people that were writing the racist comments.
The comedian briefly deactivated her Twitter account before returning the same week.
Last week, Instagram added a new feature that allows users to filter or turn off the comments underneath their photos in an effort to reduce online harassment.
Ridley will be back as her character Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out on December 15, 2017.