JD Wetherspoon closes down all social media accounts

JD Wetherspoon closes down all social media accounts

"In a world of social media, J D Wetherspoon has made a decision to close down all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts for individual pubs and head office", it said in a tweet that is no longer available because it has closed down its Twitter account.

The social media blackout will affect the company's head office as well as the more than 900 Wetherspoons pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and...

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

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.

The group is not doing so because it could hardly be bothered to update its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts but because of concerns over abuse of social media channels.

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"The danger is that firms could lose control over the stories told and shared about them on social media, which doesn't bode well for reputation management".

In a statement issued today, JDW said the decision had been made following bad publicity surrounding social media, including the "trolling of MPs and others, especially those from or ethnic minorities".

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

It also said it was encouraging customers to "get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub".

Wetherspoon had amassed a following of some 44,000 on Twitter and over 100,000 on Facebook.

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