"Facebook's decision to delete the page without warning or explanation was irresponsible," advocacy group Public Citizen said in a statement. "Facebook and other social websites have become the public squares of the Internet - places where citizens can congregate as a community to share their opinions and voice their grievances. ... At the very least, Facebook should provide warning and a reasoned explanation before destroying a large and active community." (Public Citizen represents MediaPost in an unrelated matter.)
Facebook said the admin profile of the page was deleted by an automated system. "After a manual review we determined the profile was removed in error and it has now been restored along with the Page," the company said in a statement.
Facebook has yet to explain why the review took several hours, or why the page was deleted without advance warning.