Twitter was abuzz Friday night after Sean Hannity’s account vanished following a series of cryptic tweets.
Those who attempted to access his feed were met with a blank account or an error message that read “Sorry, that page does not exist.”
Hannity tweeted a series of cryptic tweets prior to his account vanishing.
Hannity tweeted, “Form Submission 1649”. Many interpreted this as a death threat to President Trump.
On Saturday morning, Sean Hannity’s account was back up on Twitter, however; he didn’t post a tweet for several hours.
His first tweet sent at 7:08 PM EST read, “I’m baaaccckk… a lot to say- Thanks for the support all you deplorable, irredeemables. Can’t get rid of me that easy. Too much work to do exposing
#deepstategate—Monday’s a big day…tick tock.”
I’m baaaccckk… a lot to say- Thanks for the support all you deplorable, irredeemables. Can’t get rid of me that easy. Too much work to do exposing #deepstategate—Monday’s a big day…tick tock.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 28, 2018
In an email to the Fox News, Twitter said Sean Hannity’s account had been “briefly compromised”, but the social media giant refused to elaborate on specifics.
“While we normally do not discuss individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, we have permission from the account owner to confirm that account was briefly compromised,” Twitter said by email, without elaborating.
There have been a series of attacks on Fox News (and former Fox News) reporters’ Twitter accounts recently by Turkish hackers.
Turkish hackers previously took over former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren’s and Eric Bolling’s Twitter accounts. When Turkish hackers take over a Twitter account, they post pro-Erdogan tweets.
President Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated back on November 2nd 2017 by a ‘rogue’ Twitter employee (who happened to be of Turkish descent). Did the same thing happen to Hannity?
Thanks to Project Veritas, we now know Twitter is full of anti-Trump engineers who target pro-Trump Twitter accounts.