JD Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts following 'trolling' of MPs

Olive Hawkins
April 17, 2018

The move was also announced on the company's Twitter page, presumably before it disappears from view.

JD Wetherspoon has closed down all of its social media accounts, saying that Twitter, Facebook and Instagram encourage compulsive behaviour.

Chairman Tim Martin said that sudden move was due to the "current bad publicity surrounding social media, including the trolling of MPs and others".

Martin has been one of the most vocal supporters of Brexit within the United Kingdom business community, receiving a lot of criticism on social media because of his stance.

In any case, the online landscape is unlikely to feel particularly bereft by the absence of Wetherspoon's social media presence, says the Independent.

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Martin said the decision was made because people spend too much time on social media "and struggle to control the compulsion".

"In a world of social media, J D Wetherspoon has chose to close down all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts for individual pubs and head office", the JD Wetherspoon Twitter account posted before it was shut down; the irony seemingly lost on the pub brand.

Last year, Wetherspoon was forced to issue a denial after a spoof Twitter account falsely claimed the company was not allowing staff to wear poppies at work to commemorate fallen service men and women.

" We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times". He said that he does not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever".

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

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