JD Wetherspoon closes all social media accounts

Pat Wise
April 17, 2018

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.

It also hit out at the "addictive" nature of social media.

According to Tim Martin, the chairman of J D Wetherspoon, there were several reasons behind the move. He said that he does not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever".

JD Wetherspoon will be closing down all its social media accounts for its 900 pubs and head office following the trolling of MPs and others.

Critics dismissed it as a publicity stunt and said that Wetherspoon was acting because its social media strategy had failed, with the accounts attracting relatively few followers.

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"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", Martin added, tapping into the anti-Facebook movement.

Spoons will still be maintaining its web site and updating its app, while it also came up with the novel idea of suggesting its customers actually talk to the manager of their local Wetherspoon if they have any feedback.

Spoons has had it up to *here* with those troublesome social media firms, and barred itself from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Instead, he directed interested customers to the chain's printed magazine, Wetherspoons News.

At the time of ditching its social media accounts, the pub chain had more than 100,000 Facebook followers and 6,000 on Instagram.

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