JD Wetherspoon Shuts Down All Social Media Accounts Following Trolling Of MPs

JD Wetherspoon Shuts Down All Social Media Accounts Following Trolling Of MPs

JD Wetherspoon Shuts Down All Social Media Accounts Following Trolling Of MPs

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.

The move comes after "the trolling of MPs and ethnic minorities", according to Sky News, and the recent controversy over data leaks at Facebook.

"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".

JDW has more than 44,000 followers on Twitter, as well as 102,902 Facebook "likes" and 98,160 Facebook followers, all of who will have to find out about their favourite Wetherspoon pubs through their websites and the pubco's magazine. Its most popular posts have received more than 500,000 views.

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 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.

He said customers could also get in touch with them by speaking with their local pub manager.

With additional reporting from Press Association.

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