Fox News host Sean Hannity unfollowed all but three Twitter accounts this month, axing more than 7,000 individuals whom he had been following at the beginning of December. Data from the Internet Archives WayBackMachine shows that Hannity began the purge around Dec. 14 and volleyed between six and three accounts in succeeding days before settling on a current count of three.
As of Thursday morning, the three survivors of the purge were, Donald Trump, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, and channel mainstay and former NRATV host Dan Bongino.
Hannity followed a mysterious unverified, locked account known only as “@mamabitch0000,” until late Thursday morning, but unfollowed the account just minutes after TheWrap inquired about the matter to Fox News Channel public relations.
“One pissed off bitch-Conservative… #JestersArmy #1337,” the @mamabitch0000 account read.
The purge took place around the same time Hannity moved to delete hundreds of tweets from his personal account as well for reasons that remain unclear. A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
The move from Hannity suggests a pivot towards a less volatile social media presence that has often included clashs with rivals like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and late-night comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel. The purge suggests a much sleepier timeline on Hannity’s account going forward.