Wetherspoons deletes all social media accounts after constant 'online abuse'

JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others the company has announced

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

This is the message the company released to announce the news on their official Twitter account.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is closing its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts following the abuse directed at MPs and others.

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".

In 2018, it is unusual to find a business without a social media presence, and. "I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever", he said.

Wetherspoon, whose chairman and founder Tim Martin is also a vocal champion of Britain leaving the European Union, said it was closing Twitter TWTR.N , Facebook and Instagram accounts for its head office and nearly 900 pubs in Britain and Ireland.

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He told the BBC he had always thought the idea that social media was essential for advertising was untrue.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", he said, acknowledging that the company was going against "conventional wisdom".

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

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

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.

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