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The Deep State got even deeper (and more stately) this weekend, when Sean Hannity’s Twitter account—the only place to find all the hottest car crash vids to distract ourselves from the objective existence of truth—was briefly taken down. It’s back, now, but people have already gone full pizza-parlor-pedophile ring in their theories about what happened, especially since the last tweets Hannity sent out were repeated messages mysteriously stating “Form Submission 1649.”

What (or who?!) is Form Submission 1649? People have been looking around on the internet, but the only things they’ve been able to dig up so far are references to things like the government process to request funds for a new contract, or maybe some laws relating to shipping goods. Nothing, then, that explains why someone might want Hannity to be silenced, besides all of the usual reasons you might want Sean Hannity to be silenced.


Hannity’s account hasn’t tweeted since it came back online; questions to Fox News got vague answers suggesting that, whatever went wrong, it happened on Twitter’s end. Honestly, it’s probably just some problem with whatever service Hannity’s social media team uses to post its tweets (but really, isn’t that just what Ellen wants us to think?)

Update: Twitter has now confirmed, via a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, that Hannity’s account appears to have been hacked. “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,” the company said today.