NEW YORK (AP) — The Twitter account for conservative TV host Sean Hannity had disappeared for a few hours, and the conspiracy theories quickly were flowing.
After the Fox News star’s verified account posted a message that said “Form Submission 1649,” page visitors on Saturday said they were getting a “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist” message. By the time Hannity’s account was back up, speculation was rampant about the disappearance. A message seeking explanation was left for Fox News. Twitter representatives could not be reached either.
Some guessed the “deep state” of government establishment figures was trying to take down Hannity, a supporter of President Donald Trump. Others liked the theory that a rogue Twitter employee was behind the deactivation, similar to what happened to Trump’s account for 11 minutes in November.