JD Wetherspoon quits social media following "trolling" of MPs

JD Wetherspoon quits social media following

High street pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is shuttering all of its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Martin's vocal support for Vote Leave during the European Union referendum led to Twitter campaigns calling for a boycott of the chain, while Facebook pages for Wetherspoon's pubs have proven "a magnet for bad reviews". It has also deleted its Instagram and Facebook accounts. It also hit out at the "addictive" nature of social media.

Wetherspoon, whose chairman and founder Tim Martin is also a vocal champion of Britain leaving the European Union, said it was closing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for its head office and nearly 900 pubs in Britain and Ireland. He, and the company's pub managers, do not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever", he said.

He told the BBC he had always thought the idea that social media was essential for advertising was untrue.

Senior managers of the chain were consulted, with some in favour of the decision and some against it.

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

In a statement, the Chairman says it's becoming increasingly obvious people spend too much time on social media - and struggle to control the compulsion.

Wetherspoon said that customers looking to get in touch with it could contact the business through its website or by visiting one of its sites.

Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook - which is not many considering how many of us have been known to flock through its doors (especially in that lean week before payday).

Asked by the BBC whether Wetherspoon's move could start a business trend, Mr Martin said he hoped not.

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