Sean Hannity is the top-rated host on Fox News, with a Twitter account that has over 3 million followers. Those followers got into a bit of a fervor when a cryptic tweet reading, "Form Submission 1649 #Hannity," went up last night, followed by his account being temporarily deleted with a "Sorry, that page doesn't exit," message in its place. The account is back up and Hannity has since removed the odd post —but not before a ton of questions were raised.
According to Deadline, a spokesperson for Fox referred questions to Twitter. The latter has not yet responded. This comes on the heels of Hannity's recent talk of FBI corruption and a secret society — so you can guess that there was a lot of conspiracy theories, mostly mocking, about the true nature of the last tweet. Even Wikileaks founder Julian Assange commented:
The most watched TV host in the U.S., @SeanHannity has his Twitter account (3.3 million followers) mysteriously disappear after tweeting "Submission Form 1649" https://t.co/jIw0Lq5K1m pic.twitter.com/Op3b2h24Zu
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 27, 2018
This isn't the first time Hannity's account has gone dark. Last November, the account was famously deactivated for 11 minutes, with the fault later put on an outgoing Fox News employee. And then there was the taking down of Donald Trump's account not long ago by a Twitter contractor.
It's been a bad week for Hannity in that the text message originally fueling the FBI secret society talk had been revealed to be a joke when shown in context. On Thursday, after having been dismissive of a New York Times report that Donald Trump had attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June, the host had to acknowledge his network's own reporting that confirmed the story.