Wetherspoon boss closes down firm’s social media accounts

File photo dated 03/01/18 of social media app icons, as JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 16, 2018. The pub chain said that the move also takes account of recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media. See PA story INDUSTRY Wethers. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 03/01/18 of social media app icons, as JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 16, 2018. The pub chain said that the move also takes account of recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media. See PA story INDUSTRY Wethers. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others, the company has announced.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “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.”