The account at www.facebook.com/uriminzok had attracted hundreds of "friends," or subscribers, to its posts before it disappeared, a developer confirmed yesterday morning.
A Facebook representative in Seoul said she did not know why the account disappeared. An e-mail seeking comment from the U.S. headquarters for Facebook had yet to be returned.
PC World suggested that the violation may have to do with a section in the terms that stipulates that entities based in countries embargoed by the United States cannot "operate a Platform application or Web site" on Facebook. North Korea is under U.S. sanctions for its development of weapons of mass destruction.
An online note from the operator of the now-defunct Facebook page has told Yonhap News Agency that a media company under the North's organ on inter-Korean relations was running it from Pyongyang.
An official at a Seoul watchdog organization, the Korea Communications Standards Commission, told Yonhap on Tuesday that the Twitter page can be "seen sufficiently as being run" by the North. But he would not confirm whether it was or not.