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The mysterious case of Dorset Council’s vanishing Facebook page has been revealed. Facebook’s owner’s Meta have apparently mistakenly took the page down.

In a statement Dorset Council said: ‘We’re very pleased to announce that the Dorset Council UK Facebook page is back up and running.

‘Meta has reviewed the problem and determined that the page shouldn’t have been taken down. They have restored everything as it was and apologised for any inconvenience caused.’

On  Thursday 15 June the Dorset Council page (@DorsetCouncilUK) disappeared from Facebook without warning or explanation, the council said in a statement today.

Despite numerous attempts to resolve the issue with Meta, it says it has been unable to establish what the problem is and if/when it will be fixed. There is no evidence so far to indicate that the page was hacked, or subject to a malicious attack, the council adds.

A spokesperson said: ‘Facebook is an important communications and engagement channel for Dorset Council, with over 33,000 followers on the page when it vanished.

‘We will continue trying to find out more information from Meta in the hope the page will be restored as soon as possible. For now, we would like to remind everyone that our accounts on other social media platforms are unaffected and if people need to contact us they should use the Dorset Council website in the first instance.

‘Thank you for your patience and understanding.’


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