Well apparently that may well not be the case.
As a recent statement released by the EDL about this occurrence paints a very different picture of the events.
Apparently the original and main EDL Facebook page still exists and has not been removed from Facebook. But now it’s under the control of people unknown via a compromised account of one of the EDL’s admin.
And those people have "hidden" the page and changed it's settings so no one can view it or access it.
And not only is that page under the control of others, but also the replacement EDL page is also under the control of others.
Ahhhh the fun and games of on-line anti-racism are seldom dull where the EDL are concerned.
Anyway here’s a statement from the EDL putting forward their view of what has happened.
Official EDL statement.
To be honest it is getting boring having to talk about this so much and waist our days trying to find out who is trying to hack our accounts etc. We need to be fighting our enemy not dealing with silly things like this. Lets get one thing straight neither the MDL or team poison have hacked any Facebook pages they do not have the skills to do this. We will try and put to you what has actually happened over the last few days.
On Friday evening unfortunately the Facebook account details of one of our Admin’s ell into the wrong hands we are still not 100% sure which admin this was and how it happened (although we are pretty sure) we are also asking Facebook to assist us with sorting this. We are also not sure what group this is but have our suspicions and are gathering proof of this so will refer to them as 'They' for the rest of this statement.
This account was admin on the main page linked here
Once 'They' had access to the main page they removed all admin and put 'Their' own admin on the page they then made the page hidden (there is an option to make the page Admin view only)
There was a post put out by Teampoison stating they have details of EDL but if you check what they are leaking 99% of it is all old information that has been all over the internet for a while. If you remember when team poison got on the page last time they actually write hacked by team poison they don’t pretend to be us as is happening now.
Once we realised that the page had gone we then created a new page at this point we thought Facebook had taken the page down (hence the reason for starting a new one) we put all the old admin’s back on and asked people to join this was that page
Unfortunately as we thought the old group was of Facebook’s doing we put all admin’s back on. Again the account that was held by 'Them' was used to remove all admin’s and again put 'Their' admin on. This page is now pretending to be an official EDL page. We urge all members to remove themselves from this page and report it.
Contrary to what is being said on this page the website has not been hacked and can be used to obtain all information needed to verify statements.
Also contrary to what is being said on this page Tommy will not be releasing a video about the pages there is no need for this. If you want to check what is happening, speak to your Division Admin or your Regional Organiser.
Throughout the day the 88k page has been brought up again sporadically to post stuff about our leadership or the EDL. We are fairly certain which people are behind this and do not understand why they want to disrupt us in our fight against Islamism.
In the mean time until Facebook let us know about their investigations we have this page, which is fully secured and is the only official communication method on Facebook of the EDL
Finally Facebook is a good recruiting tool but is not the be all and end all of the EDL we all know each other and communicate in many other ways the EDL will come back from this minor technical glitch better BIGGER and STRONGER
Your EDL Leadership Team