JD Wetherspoon closes all of its social media accounts with immediate effect

Wetherspoon’s pub stock

Wetherspoon’s pub stock

The pub chain said the move also takes into account recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media.

JD Wetherspoon has closed all of its social media channels, with the United Kingdom on-premise operator claiming that services such as Twitter and Facebook have become too addictive.

Tim Martin's nearly 900-strong pub chain will have no social media presence following a spate of negative publicity surrounding platforms such as Facebook, which has recently sparked uproar following claims users' details were misused.

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

"While all the accounts were relatively active, it's obvious from a quick look through them that they didn't form a key part of the company's strategy before they shut down", says the paper.

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.

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

"We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine".

Given the company's Twitter account had a mere 44,000 followers and its Facebook page some 100,000 followers, hardly stellar numbers for a big brand, one could argue that the pub chain's departure for social media is a bit of a storm in a teacup. or should that be pint glass.

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