JD Wetherspoon quits social media following "trolling" of MPs

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Recent concerns regarding the misuse of personal data and "the addictive nature of social media" also played a part in JDW's decision to remove itself from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the statement continued.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced the immediate deletion of all of its social media accounts this morning (April 16).

Wetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin, was a strong campaigner for leaving the European Union in 2016 and claimed that social media is "all a bit of marketing hype".

As any 'Spoons aficionado will testify, the main reason to patronise this most functional of drinking houses is for its awesome social media presence.

"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.

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First, they had few followers on their channels and their customers don't care about the firm's social media profile.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", said Martin.

For your fix of Spoons-related news, you can subscribe to its magazine... or download the Wetherspoon app, which will still keep you glued to your phone, just not Facebook.

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

Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook. "Currently we've got a massive commercial advantage because everyone else is wasting hours of their time", he responded.

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