UPDATE 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 - The Redding Crime 2.0. page was taken down around 6 a.m. and then reactivated around 11 a.m. on Thursday.
A spokesperson for Facebook said that this happens because the company has policies in place to protect against repeat criminal offenders.
The company has taken steps to protect the group from the reoccurrence of this issue, and that is why it has been deactivated and then reactivated on multiple occasions.
REDDING, Calif. – Late Tuesday evening Action News Now learned that the popular Facebook group, Redding Crime 2.0, had been deactivated by Facebook itself.
Administrators said they had received no warning at all about the shutdown.
“We have no explanation from Facebook,” said Dale Ball, one of the Administrators of the page. “It’s just been shut down with no notice to any of the admins or anything.”
The page is currently followed by over 32,000 people and has the mission to help people in the community solve crimes and report what is happening around them.
According to Ball, the group has also aided law enforcement multiple times on recognizing criminals or recovering stolen cars.
“With so many members, someone usually knows the person," Ball said. "They may call in tips directly to law enforcement or sometimes to us admins and we report it to law enforcement.”
Facebook reactivated the page later in the day on Wednesday.
“The group Redding Crime 2.0 does not break our policies and has been restored," said a spokesperson for Facebook. "We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Administrators said that they are grateful the page is active again so they can continue to help the community.