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

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin: We'll shut down our social media after privacy, addiction and trolling concerns

Wetherspoon abandons social media, tells customers to pop down the pub instead

JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is to beat a tactical retreat from all of its social media channels in order to channel its communications directly via an in-house magazine and website.

Mr Martin said: "I think generally I feel that in politics, and in business people vastly overestimate social media".

Social media platforms have come under mounting criticism following news that millions of users' personal information was gathered from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, deleted both companies' Facebook accounts after a challenge on Twitter.

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

In the aftermath of the surprise announcement, "many commentators suspected it was a publicity stunt", The Guardian reports - but the bargain boozer has good reason to call time on its social media accounts.

He doesn't seem to be the biggest fan of social media either: "It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion".

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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).

Martin told the BBC he thought the move would give the business a competitive advantage because, "everyone else is wasting hours of their time".

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