JD Wetherspoon quits social media following “trolling” of MPs

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced its closing all of its social media accounts, with the pub chain citing bad publicity surrounding social media including the “trolling” of MPs.

The chain, which has 900 pubs across the UK, is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its establishments and head office with immediate effect.

JD Wetherspoon currently has more than 100,000 Facebook followers and more than 6,000 on Instagram.

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Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said in a statement: “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business.

“I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion.

“We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.

“We will also be maintaining our website and the Wetherspoon app and encourage customers to get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub.”

The chairman reassured its followers that it would “still be as vocal as ever”, but would instead use its magazine and website as well as the press for news updates, also advising customers to contact them by speaking with their local pub manager.

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