Wetherspoons shuts down all pub social media accounts

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

The group is not doing so because it could hardly be bothered to update its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts but because of concerns over abuse of social media channels.

Data misuse and the perceived addictive nature of sharing, liking, posting and spouting nonsense on online platforms, was also apparently a reason for the move.

Booze giants J.D. Wetherspoon have chose to shut down down their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all 904 of their pubs and their head office.

"Rather than using social media, we will continue to release news stories and information about forthcoming events on our website (jdwetherspoon.com) and in our printed magazine - Wetherspoon News". He, and the company's pub managers, do not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever", he said.

Some popular posts by the pub chain received more than 500,000 views, likes and shares.

JD Wetherspoon chairman and founder Tim Martin said the company was going "against conventional wisdom" that a social media presence is important to a business's success and noted that not having Facebook or Twitter accounts will have no effect on the pub firms businesses.

The spokesman confirmed the decision was not related to any specific incident and no JD Wetherspoon account itself was involved in the trolling of any MPs or ethnic or religious minorities.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", said Martin.

"We were also concerned that pub managers were being side-tracked from the real job of serving customers", he said.

With additional reporting from Press Association.

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